Skip to comments.What We Must Do ... To Protect Our Children The Difference Between "Sick" and "Evil"
Posted on 07/22/2002 2:23:14 PM PDT by visitor
Originally published in Parade, July 14, 2002 Andrew Vachss, a PARADE Contributing Editor, is a lawyer whose only clients are children. For more than three decades, he has observed the devastating effects of child abuse firsthand. In light of recent headlines, we asked him to share his unique perspective on a subject of grave importance to us all.
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Generally an excellent article.
The above quote, however, is not entirely accurate. Some people really are so severely mentally ill that they are unaware of what they are doing. Their control of their actions might be likened to the control most people have when they are dreaming. Such people cannot make a "choice" in the sense the author means.
That does not necessarily mean that they should be excused from the consequences of their actions. And any "not guilty by reason of insanity" verdict should be rare and subject to extreme conditions. But such people really do exist. They should be kept locked up where they are of limited danger to themselves and others.
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