That boggles the mind. After the way that the Haditha Marine cases were and are strung out and this judge can't even postpone an Article 32 hearing until a psych exam is completed? This is wrong in so many ways.
Thanks for the link, Girlene. You're right, it's a very sad situation!
Even making him go back on active duty with an anti-depressant after a few days would be way too soon if he was truly suffering from depression! (It takes a couple weeks for someone to start feeling the effects of that type of medication, and in the meantime it can leave you feeling even WORSE!)
The doctor should be forced to explain why he wasn’t put on an anti-psychotic, and given medical leave. Whether he is truly insane or not at this moment, it is (IMHO) the DOCTOR who should be facing questioning, and loss of freedom!
An Army-ordered psychiatric evaluation is under way to determine whether he understands the charges and is capable of participating in his own defense.
In a motion to delay the hearing, Lawrences attorney, James Culp of Austin, Texas, said its wrong for the Army to hold hearings in the case when its unclear whether the soldier understands whats going on.
I think its breathtakingly irresponsible, Culp said after the hearing.
The Army denied Culps request, saying regulations do not require the court to put the case on hold until the psychiatric results are obtained.
I don't get it, what's the rush? Why can't the government wait until the evaluation is completed.
It's not like they don't let Marines and soldiers sit around for years waiting for trial.
I think they may have this backward. What he should be pleading with an insanity defense is “The people running this dog and pony show ARE COMPLETELY INSANE”.
No joke people.
They don’t have Rules of Engagement anymore. They have Terms of Endearment.
I gotta go. If you would like, you can come stand in the closet and SCREAM WITH ME!