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Thursday, January 06, 2005

Yates conviction thrown out

This is really amazing news.

An appeals court on Thursday overturned the capital murder convictions of Andrea Yates, ruling that a prosecution witness gave false testimony that may have influenced the jury that convicted her in the drowning deaths of three of her five children...

The court based its reversal on false testimony by a prosecution witness, psychiatrist Park Deitz, who stated during her March 2002 trial that the killings occurred shortly after an episode of the NBC television show “Law & Order” in which a woman drowned her children and later was acquitted by reason of insanity. (MSNBC is a joint venture of NBC and Microsoft)....

Jurors learned after Yates was convicted that the episode never existed.

This is a huge oversight by the prosecution and it makes me want to blow steam out of my ears. The story of a woman who saw a murder on "Law and Order" and decide to copycat it reads much, much differently than a woman who is a member of a fundamentalist church who believes her children have demons and she has to kills them. Which is to say, the latter is a hella lot crazier and much more likely to be found not guilty by reason of insanity.

Not read too much into this, but it just demonstrates that the prosecution knew that they could side-step the whole issue of the effects of participation in a patriarchal, woman-loathing church on a woman's mental health with any bullshit story and the jury would buy into it, relieved of the responsibility to seriously consider what is extremely unpleasant to think about, which is how religion can hurt people. It's amazing how people will side with you when you relieve them of the burden of cognitive dissonance.

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Blogger flea said...

I could have sworn I read somewhere that during the first trial, the jury didn't necessarily want to find her guilty of capital murder, but that Texas did not have a "not guilty by reason of insanity" ruling in place. However, I have no idea where I read this. Can you help me out here?

1/06/2005

 
Blogger Brad Warbiany said...

I'm not a religious person by any means. But to blame this on being influenced by a "patriarchal" church is just as ludicrous as to blame it on Law & Order.

You don't have to blame church, or the media, or anything else. Andrea Yates is just plain crazy.

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Blogger Amanda said...

Flea, we do have "not guilty by reason of insanity", but the test for it is stringent. You have to be so crazy that you cannot tell the difference between right and wrong.

Being influence by "Law and Order" means that you still know, even in your crazy alternate world, that it's wrong, because you just watched a show describing the action as a crime. Killing a child because you sincerely believe that he has the devil in him and that you must save him, as Yates claims she did, means that you thought you were in the right, and therefore not guilty.

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Good. I will tell you why these people get no results or even opposite results to those they are aiming for -simply because of the following truth. Consciously controlled thoughts such as visualisations do not materialise - ALL thoughts materialise!!!
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Your mind should be on whatever you want. The picture you need to have is a positive vision of you already having achieved your goal. To realise this vision you need to focus and concentrate. Remember thoughts are real, they create your reality.
Let's say you have been visualising a new house. You spend your ten minutes in meditation picturing yourself living in your dream home. You finish your session and get up feeling positive that you will achieve your goal. Then during the day you get a heating bill through the post and exclaim "Oh no look how expensive this is I cannot afford to heat this house". Where is your focus in the present moment? What are you affirming? You are telling your subconscious mind that you cannot deal with what you have. You are affirming that your life is not how you want it to be. If you knew without doubt that within a week you would be moving to your new home would you honestly be worried about a heating bill? Perhaps other doubts creep in like "I should be happy with what I have", or "I will never get this house looking the way I want it" and so on and so on.
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All that we have heard, touched, smelt, tasted and seen are stored in the recesses of our minds. The subconscious mind holds on to this information until we need to recall it. For example when you were young your curiosity lead you to investigate your surroundings. When you approached a substance that was dangerous, such as fire, your parents or guardians would most likely have rebuked or scolded you if you ventured too near the flame. Perhaps you may even recall an incident when you were physically burned. Your subconscious mind then began to relate scolding (or pain) with the intense heat of the fire and would therefore feed the feelings of the scolding incident back to you whenever you got too close to fire again, thus acting as an early warning system.
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Daydream about what might be. Imagine things they way you wish them to be. If you catch yourself thinking "this is just a daydream - a fantasy" then stop! Think the opposite. It is not a daydream it is your reality. Now think it again.

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