Ideation of Violence is not a Crime

  This NYT article shows how the national discussion about "mental health" and school shootings has been irrational and misguided. Vermont Teen Charged for Ideation of Violence Excerpt: Mr. Sawyer was charged with aggravated assault, two counts of attempted aggravated murder and one count of attempted first-degree murder — all felonies — and held without … Continue reading Ideation of Violence is not a Crime

Prosecutor Refuses to Put Mentally Ill Man on Trial

“Trying the case wasn’t the proper thing to do. I couldn’t ethically prosecute the case,” he said. Mentally Ill Defendant Puts State In a Bind What followed the prosecutor's ethical decision not to prosecute illustrates why states need to examine the intersection of the Olmstead Ruling and Criminal Justice (There is commentary on this issue … Continue reading Prosecutor Refuses to Put Mentally Ill Man on Trial

Guns or Mental Illness, That is the Question.

This blogger happens to think that some commonsense gun laws that keep guns out of the hands of people who have certain types of serious neuropsychiatric disorders would be prudent.  The common good would also be better served if we would consider that guns don't have minds, they don't drive mass shootings, but they most … Continue reading Guns or Mental Illness, That is the Question.