Should jurors be professionally trained?
Q. Yes way? No way?
A. Yes way.
When psychiatrists, people who shamelessly pretend to be “capable to visualize” what goes on in someone’s head were originally accepted as defense witnesses the following, unwritten, but then generally accepted moral law was brutally thrown out the courtroom windows. What I’m writing about went like this: “No adult person should be permitted to pretend to have lost the control of his or her mind because of the use of liquor, drugs, any other cerebral altering substance or the influence of another person. An adult should always remain in full control of his or her actions at all times.” The preceding sounded good and fair to me and most people then and it still sounds the same today. I don’t feel that this is asking too much of anyone.
Psychiatrists who pretend that they are capable of knowing as to what goes on in someone’s mind, but who probably wouldn’t be able to find the pile of manure behind the barn, are in my opinion, full of shit. The person sitting in front of them doesn’t have to be a brain surgeon in other to fool those idiots. One good, solid, never altered story will make any of those guys look like the idiots that they really are and a person will literally be able to GET AWAY WITH MURDER.
Because insanity is such a deeply rooted state of mental disorder and disability, it should be impossible for a person to be allowed to plead temporary insanity in any court of law but some do and those pleas are unfortunately accepted by the judges sitting in our courts and, very sadly, considered by inexperienced and sometimes very gullible members of juries. A person can’t honestly claim to be insane for thirty or sixty minutes any more than a woman can claim to be pregnant for thirty or sixty minutes. You are or you aren’t. It’s as simple as this.
The above brings me right back to my argument that members of juries should be professionally trained in order to render honest, reflected and deeply considered verdicts amongst the choices offered by the judge. As things stand right now some potential jurors are simply not intellectually or mentally equipped and prepared in order to be in a position to properly deal with very shrewd and very experienced defense lawyers.
However, we all know that the source of the problem isn’t the fact that, in general, people who are selected as jurors lack a lot of experience and knowledge that should be the property of such people. The real impairment of the justice system resides in the fact that our courts will accept the witnessing of psychiatrists who pretend that they can see what goes on in a person’s head when it’s quite easy for anyone to understand that if a person decides to fool those guys, it’s the easiest thing in the world. So keep on dreaming world because the justice system won’t be changed in the near or any future. Too bad!
What do you think?
N.B. As I’ve mentioned at the beginning, it might not be a bad idea to read last month’s article titled: “Temporary insanity, my ass” in order to understand my frustrations concerning the subject.Whether you agree with or have an objection to my blog, leave a comment. I’m open to favorable or unfavorable criticism and what you write might enlighten other readers or myself. Thank you.
© 2011 Jean-Paul Gosselin
© 2011 Jean-Paul Gosselin
Take this with you.
Maria is a devout Catholic. (No condoms for her!) She gets married and has 17 children...and then her husband dies. She remarries two weeks later...and has 22 children by her second husband. She dies.
At her wake, the priest looks tenderly at Maria as she lies in her coffin, looks up to the heavens, and says, "At last...they're finally together." A man standing next to him asks, "Excuse me, Father, but do you mean her and her FIRST husband, or her and her SECOND husband?"
"No," the priest says politely, "I mean her LEGS."