- Doing wrong, or
- Knowing that you are doing wrong -- have full power and authority to do something about it -- and yet still choose to do nothing?
Other lawyers told Akasie that "bipolar disorder can have so-called jury appeal if the sufferer has a long and well-documented history of aberrant behavior coupled with requests for institutional help," and that documented cases of bipolar disorder can be used to achieve more favorable plea deals. Most often, however, because bipolar disorder primarily "affects mood rather than cognition," it is not considered a valid insanity defense.
First of all, would you not say that the majority of criminals in the justice system today must have some form of mental illness to commit the crime they were found guilty of in the first place? Why the special provision for this young beauty that had no history of mental illness prior to the murder; bearing in mind violence is not characteristic of bipolar disorder (except of course when the inflictions are turned inwards).
The behaviour described in earlier news reports does not even remotely resemble that as being characteristic of the disorder. What is found, however, is that when a person (with bipolar disorder) breaks the law, the disorder is only a mitigating factor; the motivating cause resulting in the crime is generally linked to illegal drugs and/or alcohol.
"When we allow this to happen, we minimize the potential for dangerous consequences. Someone lost their head here, and Marielle isn't the one to blame for this one."
It is not an accident that Manitoba Justice did not factor mental illness when it was called to act on my behalf. This was an attack, not on some old person but friends with benefits. When I tried to broach the subject of violence within the legal system, I found no one willing to break the sacred code of silence to expose abuse of someone vulnerable, at the hands of one, or a group that belongs to the most educated and upper-income segments of our privileged society.
A CALL TO ACTION IS NEEDED
We need to re-think mental illness and disarm the real problem at its root.
Time to hold government ACCOUNTABLE to practice what it preaches.
Time to STOP the harm that is knowingly being inflicted on those most vulnerable.
Time to GIVE HELP when asked and be careful of what works -- like revolving doors at health care institutions that result in long-term pain.
Time to STOP with the EXCUSES.
TIME TO TAKE A STAND AND SPEAK OUT.
TIME TO CONTACT YOUR MLA TODAY!!
DEC 21, 2012 IS NOT THE LAST DAY OF THE WORLD
BUT IT CAN BE THE START OF A WHOLE NEW WORLD
TO SOMEONE WHO HAS NEVER FELT OF THIS WORLD
To those suffering from mental illness ... always remember
Don't give up because you are loved. (YouTube link - Josh Grobin)