Insanity plea corrupts

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In the 1940s, psychiatry’s leaders proclaimed their intention to infiltrate the field of the law and bring about the “reinterpretation and eventually eradication of the concept of right and wrong”.

We are now witnessing our justice system being corrupted by that intention.

The news is littered with cases where the insanity defence is introduced.

A case in point is Martyn Ashby, who allegedly stabbed Louise Webster to death and who was overheard bragging of having committed ‘murder’. He is pleading manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility due to ‘alcohol dependency syndrome’.

When imagined ‘mental disorders’ absolve the guilty of crimes following a plea of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility, society is truly in trouble.

There is a long and well-established tradition of psychiatrists and psychologists selling themselves for a sizeable profit to the point where ‘the pursuit of the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth’ has given way to reams of meaningless data, fearful elaborate speculation and fantastic conjecture.

Studies have shown psychiatrists and psychologists do not make more accurate clinical judgments than lay people.

Dr Thomas Szasz, professor of psychiatry emeritus, says, “The introduction of psychiatric considerations into the administration of the criminal law, for example, the insanity plea and verdict, diagnoses of mental incompetence to stand trial, and so forth, corrupt the law and victimise the subject on whose behalf they are ostensibly employed.”

Defence psychiatrists always say the accused is insane. The prosecuting psychiatrist always says the accused is sane.

Prof Szasz adds, “It is unlikely that toxicologists would be tolerated in courts of law if one would observe a large quantity of arsenic in the body of a deceased person and another stated that he found by the same operation none. Yet this sorry spectacle is commonplace in regard to psychiatric findings.”

The insanity plea is corrupting the justice system. Murder is no longer murder, unless a psychiatrist says so. It is up to the many increasingly disheartened people within the system to realise it is being corrupted.

Brian Daniels, Citizens Commission on Human Rights