Monday, June 30, 2014
CNN is reporting:
According to the findings by an independent panel of doctors, Pistorius did not suffer from a mental defect or mental illness at the “time of the commission of the offense that would have rendered him criminally not responsible of the offenses charged.”
The report added that “Mr. Pistorius was capable of appreciating the wrongfulness of his act.”
In other words, Pistorius does not have a mental illness defense and the trial can proceed.
Game within the Game:
Mental disorder defenses should be raised before trial. Since the defense did not do that, we can reasonably assume that they they thought that they had a much better chance of winning, if they went with the intruder defense. Unfortunately for the defense, however, Nel eviscerated that claim leaving them up the proverbial creek without a paddle.
Defense counsel’s last minute decision to raise the mental heath issue appeared to have been a desperate move to counter the damage that Nel inflicted. It had little chance to succeed. Instead, the defense appears disorganized and desperate.
Now we have to wait and see how the public perceives the decisions by the defense.
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