Dumb Criminals

Guilty by reason of insanity

Friday, October 8th, 2004 • Filed under Uncategorized

icon“A man on trial for taking a kindergartner hostage leaped up in court Wednesday and slashed his public defender with a razor blade,” reports CNN. Despite his injuries, his lawyer still proclaims that this proves his client is not fit to stand trial.

Barbette Williams, 48, of New Orleans was booked with attempted second-degree murder for injuring lawyer Bert Garraway.

Williams wrapped his arms around Garraway and cut him above the eye and on the neck just as the defense lawyer was about to rest his case.

Garraway walked out of the courtroom, his shirt red with blood, to go to a hospital for treatment.

“I’ve contended all along that this guy is nuts, and to be honest, this pretty much confirms it,” Garraway said late Wednesday. “… what kind of rational person would attack his own lawyer?”

As a non-lawyer, I think attacking a lawyer doesn’t necessarily seem all that irrational. But all kidding aside, I don’t get the “not guilty by reason of insanity” defense. I think if you slash anyone with a razor blade you might just be a little crazy. If you do it in front of a jury, it should be all that more easy to convict the loser beyond a reasonable doubt. Besides, if the bailiff had been doing his job, this nutjob would have been carried out in a body bag any way.

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