Hating the Fogen Is Self-Destructive

January 15, 2013

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

You all have been coming up with some great questions for the juror questionnaire. Keep up the good work.

I have a short article because I will be traveling most of the day.

On the open thread at 8:13 pm last night, Judy75201 said,

I don’t know how many of you keep [up] with this subject on Twitter, but Junior’s twitter behavior is bizarre. He keeps changing his focus based on what favorable response he can get. And he keeps @ting media folk as if they are going to read his desperate fawning for attention tweets. It really makes me wonder if their is a family psychosis going on, and if Senior is the root? At any rate, it is disgusting and makes me hate Junior almost as much as I hate GZ. And yes, I went there. I hate GZ for what he did and even more so for what he did afterward and continues to do to this day.

I reprint my answer here since most of you will miss it way back in the comments. I am reprinting it because I think it’s good advice for all of us, including me.

I understand why you feel the way you do, but they are not worth hating.

You have a limited amount of energy. Use it wisely. Hating does nothing to the object of your hate. It does, however, dissipate your energy and diminish your ability to be a loving person and experience joy.

Why would you want to hurt yourself like that.

The fogen is toxic to himself and everyone with whom he comes in contact. Detach and dispassionately observe the destructive effect he has had on his family and their effect on him. Recognize that and let go of your hate. If you permit him and his family to cause you to hate, you will have surrendered to them and your surrender may destroy you.

They are not worth it.

Be kind to yourself and others.


Zimmerman, Loughner and Holmes: Are they Evil?

July 28, 2012

James Eagan Holmes allegedly killed 12 people and wounded 58 at the midnight opening of the new Batman film at a movie theater in Aurora, CO.

He had recently dropped out of the University of Colorado Medical School where he was enrolled in the Neuroscience doctoral program and we now know that he was a patient of Dr. Lynn Fenton, a psychiatrist and member of the medical school faculty specializing in the causes and treatment schizophrenia. She also is in charge of Student Mental Health Services.

Given his red and orange hair that he had recently dyed, he apparently believed himself to be or he assumed the role of the Joker, Batman’s arch enemy.

The Telegraph reports:

Police have said that he planned the attack meticulously, ordering ammunition and paramilitary supplies over the internet and buying four weapons legally at gun-stores in the Denver area over two months.

He also rigged his apartment with potentially lethal explosive devices that investigators believe were intended to kill police officers when they arrived to search his home.

The Telegraph reports that Holmes claims he does not recall the incident.

He is scheduled to appear in court Monday at which time he will be formally charged.

Colorado is a death penalty state and likely will seek the death penalty.

Like Jared Loughner, who potentially faces the death penalty for killing six people in Tucson, AZ, including U.S. District Court Judge John Roll and a 9-year-old girl, as well as wounding 14 others, including U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords, Holmes may not be competent to stand trial.

A person cannot be tried for a crime unless they are competent to stand trial.

To be competent, they must be oriented as to time and place, comprehend the charges against them, appreciate their legal peril, recall the events that caused them to be charged, and be able to communicate with and assist their attorneys to defend them.

According to the Telegraph, Holmes claims that he does not recall the incident. If that is true, he is incompetent to stand trial.

Should he become competent, he probably will assert the insanity defense.

Colorado combines the M’Naughten Rule with the irresistible impulse rule defining legal insanity as follows:

Whether as the result of a mental disease or defect, the defendant is unable to distinguish between right and wrong and conform his conduct to the requirements of law, or if he can distinguish between right and wrong, is he unable to stop himself from committing the crime.

The biggest stumbling block to satisfying the legal test for insanity is establishing that the defendant could not tell right from wrong. Any behavior that indicates an effort to conceal evidence or the crime itself demonstrates that, however delusional and psychotic a person may have been, they still knew they had committed a crime and sought to escape responsibility for it.

Many people use the word evil to describe people like Jared Loughner and James Eaton Holmes and the acts they allegedly committed.

But what constitutes evil?

Does evil exist?

Is evil something dark and satanic that exists somewhere out “there?”

Does it possess people?

If so, how does that happen?

If it does not exist out “there, where does it exist?”

Are people born evil?

How should the criminal justice system deal with evil, or should it ignore it?

Assuming evil exists, does it increase or diminish personal responsibility for committing crimes?

Assuming for the sake of argument that Jared Loughner committed the crimes charged, is he evil?

If convicted, should he be sentenced to death?

Assuming for the sake of argument that James Eaton Holmes committed the crimes charged, is he evil?

If convicted, should he be sentenced to death?

Finally, what about George Zimmerman?

Is he evil?

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