Thursday, February 02, 2006
.....just claim insanity or blame the methodical killing of your own kids on "post-partum depression" or better yet, tell 'em that "you heard voices" that demanded that you take your young, defenseless children's lives. The courts love that one, the sick, mervenary lawyers will do whatever it takes to defend you and the anti-life, men-hating feminists will almost certainly have your back too.
Andrea Yates leaves jail for treatment
By Erwin Seba
HOUSTON (Reuters) - Andrea Yates, the Texas mother awaiting retrial for drowning her five children, was released from jail on $200,000 bail on Thursday on condition she goes directly to a mental health facility for treatment.
Yates, who has been behind bars since the June 20, 2001, killings, said nothing as she walked out of Harris County Jail accompanied by her attorney, George Parnham, got into a car and was driven away.
She was wearing civilian clothes and clutching a paper bag containing her belongings.
Under an agreement with Judge Belinda Hill, who granted the $200,000 bail on Wednesday, she was to go directly to the state mental hospital in Rusk, north of Houston, and stay there until her new trial on March 20.
Yates, 41, has a long history of mental illness and experts testified at her first trial in 2002 she was suffering from postpartum psychosis when she drowned her children in the bathtub of their Houston home. They said she believed that by killing them she was saving them from the devil.
The former nurse pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, but was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to life in prison.
The case became a cause celebre for mental health advocates who say postpartum depression is a serious, but often neglected illness. They said she should have received treatment, not prosecution.
Yates was in a state prison for the mentally ill when an appellate court last year overturned her conviction because of errant testimony by key prosecution witness Park Dietz, a psychiatrist, who said her crime and insanity defense matched an episode on the television crime drama "Law & Order," which prosecutors told the jury she watched regularly. It was later discovered that no such episode had been aired.
Parnham had sought her release from the county jail so she could be placed in the Rusk facility to receive better treatment for her chronic mental problems.
Yates' release, he said, "means a great deal for mental health and criminal justice."
On Wednesday, he told reporters she is "very mentally ill" and on heavy doses of anti-psychotic medicine.
While at the Rusk hospital, Yates will be on 24-hour lockdown and always escorted. If she attempts to leave, she will be returned to jail in Houston.
Parnham and prosecutors are discussing a plea bargain to avoid a trial.
Of course, these vicious child killers posing as "mothers" are never too "ill" to kill themselves, just their kids. Somewhere, I'm sure that the demented & future lawyers for Eleazar Paula Mendez are just salivating at the direction of the Yates case.
Posted by Mr. Grey Ghost at 5:04 PM
Wednesday, February 01, 2006
Tuesday, January 31, 2006
It's about time.
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Samuel Alito was sworn in as the nation's 110th Supreme Court justice Tuesday after being confirmed by the Senate by a vote of 58-42.
The vote was the closest confirmation for a nominee since Justice Clarence Thomas was confirmed 52-48 in 1991.
The confirmation vote came a day after an attempt by some Democratic senators to block his nomination fizzled.
Alito was sworn in at the Supreme Court, just hours before President Bush's State of the Union address. He will join Chief Justice John Roberts in the House chamber for Tuesday night's speech.
Judge Alito will be ceremonially sworn into office Wednesday in the East Room of the White House.
Alito watched the Senate vote from the Roosevelt Room of the White House with President Bush and his wife, Martha-Ann Bomgardner.
Only one of the Senate's 55 Republicans voted against Alito's confirmation -- Sen. Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island, a moderate facing re-election this fall in an overwhelmingly Democratic state.
I've blogged enough about why I felt Samuel Alito should be on the Supreme Court. I'm certain that he'll remain a conservative, strictly interpret the Constitution and make for a great justice.
What I do want to point out here is how disgusted I am with the 23 senators who joined MoveOn minions John Kerry and Ted Kennedy in trying to filibuster Alito. By basing their votes on liberals pure hatred for Alito, these 25 senators have stamped themselves as nothing but tools for the immoral and extreme Left. They are all not only an embarrassment to the Democratic party, they should have their jobs taken away from them.
SEE ALSO: Dana at Common Sense Political Thought's "Do Their Faces Hurt?"
Posted by Mr. Grey Ghost at 2:25 PM
Monday, January 30, 2006
'Commander in Chief' Pulled from ABC Lineup
"Commander in Chief” started out as the season’s most talked-about new show, but the initial hype didn’t translate into solid ratings – and ABC has shelved the White House drama. The network announced over the weekend that it is pulling the show – which stars Geena Davis as the first female president – until spring to make way for a new comedy, "Sons & Daughters.” The "Commander" show will be off the air for at least six weeks, the New York Post reports.
That can’t be good news for Hillary Clinton. NewsMax columnist James Hirsen has called "Commander in Chief” a "series-style Hillary campaign commercial.”
ABC insiders denied there’s any connection between Hillary and "Commander.” But the show’s lead writer, Steve Cohen, served as the then-first lady’s deputy communications director in the 1990s.
In October, NewsMax reported that disgraced former national security adviser Sandy Berger had signed on as an adviser to the show, joining fellow Clintonistas Cohen and Capricia Marshall, the former social secretary for the Clinton White House.
"Hillary operatives” were monitoring the show "as a barometer of how she might fare in ’08,” the New York Daily News reported at the time.
In that case, the show’s failings don’t portend well for Hillary. After attracting an audience of 16 million when it premiered in September, "Commander” drew barely 10 million last week, its lowest audience ever.
The show’s shelving might not bode well for Condoleezza Rice, either. Americans for Rice, which is dedicated to drafting the secretary of state to run for the White House in 2008, bought TV time in New Hampshire, the critical primary state, during the show’s premiere.
The organization’s co-chairman Richard Mason said the show would help in the "mainstreaming of the idea of having a female commander in chief,” the Post reported.
Rice has denied an interest in running for president.
So "The Book of Daniel" and "Commander-In-Chief" both get cancelled within a week?
Somebody must be trying to tell the nuts within the Hollywood Left something. And I guess Americans aren't all that "impatient" about having a female president either.
Posted by Mr. Grey Ghost at 5:46 PM
Sunday, January 29, 2006
"There's one way to guarantee that the judges who are appointed to the Supreme Court are judges that reflect our values. And that's to win elections,"
- US Senator Barack Obama, who while saying that he won't support Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito's confirmation, he won't be supporting a Democratic filibuster of Alito either.
Posted by Mr. Grey Ghost at 7:35 PM