Thursday, March 05, 2009

The Penalty is Much Less Severe

The news out of Canada sounds like a Ron White routine on the death penalty:

"We can’t kill him, he’s too crazy to know we’re killin’ him." Well, if it makes me feel better and he don’t know the difference, what the hell are we arguin' about? Guess he shoulda ate crayons and rolled his s#!t into little balls – the penalty is much less severe.

Now, Canada doesn't have the death penalty, and because of this, some folks may consider them "more civilized" than we Americans, but they ain't even using their "life in prison" option for this one....

Witnesses said Li attacked McLean unprovoked as their bus traveled at night along a desolate stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway.

Passengers fled and stood outside as Li stabbed McLean dozens of times and beheaded and mutilated his body.

Good job, bystanders! Bet they're all glad the dude chose to escape, because apparently he coulda picked 'em all off, one by one, and nobody woulda done anything.

The reason for his behavior?

He did not appreciate the actions he committed were morally wrong,

Yes, but we can appreciate that his actions were wrong – that’s why the West has a legal system designed to punish people for wrongdoing. But watch what happens when legal systems abandon justice for the wronged...

Li can't be held responsible because he had schizophrenia and believed God wanted him to kill McLean because the young man was evil.

So what is the court going to say when some other Canadian feels that Li should be killed because that young man is evil? If justice is not served, how long will it be before others take the law into their own hands? Not even severe mental illness should excuse murder. Especially mutilation and cannibalism. Here's the "punishment" for such a crime:

Li will be institutionalized without a criminal record and reassessed every year by a mental health review board to determine if he is fit for release. (Emphasis added.)

RELEASED!?!? WTF? Hope you feel safe when you sleep at night, Canada. This kind of thing is overboard. While there should be protections for mental illness cases in western justice systems, this kind of thing does not protect the public OR those with mental illness.



patsbrother said...
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patsbrother said...

John Hinkley shot four men, paralyzing one, and put a sitting president in the hospital. Twenty-eight years later, he is still confined to an institution. He is kept apart from society because he is a danger to himself and others.

We punish conscious, volitional acts. We do not criminally punish people who were not capable acting differently. As an example, we punish people for acts committed under voluntary intoxication (such as drunk driving) but not for acts committed under involuntary intoxication (such as someone slipped a hallucinogen).

Though it is conceivable Li will one day be fit for release, I doubt this will ever happen.

"Yes, I would just like to remind the Review Board that Mr. Li went all beserker-maverick and beheaded a guy on a bus one night."

"Nice. We'll chalk this one up as another 'unfit for release.' Next."