Schaffhausen case: Wisconsin jury not fooled

  • Article by: (Eau Claire) Leader-Telegram Editorial
  • Updated: April 19, 2013 - 3:17 AM

God forbid anyone else comes along and undoes this decision.

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FrankLApr. 18, 1310:12 PM

What we need is the law to be changed so that if a person if found insane, the jail term is stayed until such time as the defendant can serve his sentence. Thus, if a doctor ever cures him, he goes directly from the mental institution to jail. No different that if he had suffered a heart attack, he gets cured and then goes to jail.

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hawkeye56379Apr. 18, 1310:31 PM

This jury's decision was hardly surprising. Insanity defenses are only successful in about 1-2% of cases and this was not anywhere near to being one of the better ones.

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smarterthanuApr. 19, 13 5:30 AM

Also, he needs to be with the general prison population.

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jimjimjimjimApr. 19, 13 7:30 AM

Prisoners detest criminals like him. If he isn't in complete isolation he will be dealt with by the inmates as well as the system.

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BVMannApr. 19, 1312:16 PM

If we can not eliminate hate from our midst, how can we contain it by restricting the type of firearms people can by? Again, the answer is focused more toward not letting people like this have access to them, which points to strict enforcement of background checks that aren't being enforced today. Yes, I know this man used a knife. The point is still valid to the article's query about the mental state of people like this. Also, if "the insanity defense was a charade from the get-go", and this is truly the case, didn't the defense attorney lie & should be held in contempt of court for lying & wasting everyone's time, money, & emotions? And finally to his parents that won't accept responsibility either - yes, punishing your son is EXACTLY the right thing to do both for the wife, the other families, and society in general. It is people like you that cause misery for the rest of us.

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bizsmithApr. 19, 13 3:18 PM

In my opinion he is insane but if I had been on that jury I would have voted as they did. If it were an option I would vote for the death penalty.

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