System leaves mother helpless -- Murder is the end result
Laws intended to protect the mentally ill have made it extremely difficult to involuntarily treat those who need it most, and they sometimes commit crimes as a result. See this mother's heartbreaking story by Cleveland's Plain Dealer columnist, Phillip Morris, regarding her efforts, with the help of local policemen, to keep her mentally ill son out of trouble.
Connecticut Senate: The state Senate in Connecticut passed Jessica’s Law on Tuesday by unanimous vote. The law, which now heads to the House of Representatives would call for a 25-year minimum prison sentence for persons convicted of certain sex crimes. Any offender who kidnaps or injures victims under 13 years of age and is convicted would be charged with an “aggravated sexual assault.” 5 and 10-year minimum sentences would also be enacted for any person convicted of pursuing victims under 12 years of age over the Internet. House Speaker James Amann’s spokesman stated that, “the legislation would likely be looked upon favorably by members of the chamber,” as reported by Dirk Perrefort with The News-Times.
Teen sentenced for 1998 Wai'anae murder
A 9-year-old murder case reversed in 2003 by the 9th Circuit finally ended yesterday with a 25-year sentence for the shooter of an Army Warrant Officer in 1998. Roberto Miguel, who was 17 at the time of the murder, was originally sentenced to life without parole but after the Court of Appeals overturned the case, a plea deal was set, lowering his sentence to 25 years. Peter Boylan has more on this story here from the Honolulu Advertiser.
Mario Claiborne, the petitioner in a Federal Sentencing Guidelines case presently before the U.S. Supreme Court, was killed by the victim as he assisted in stealing a truck. SCOTUSblog and SL&P have more. The case will be dismissed under Supreme Court rules. Instead of giving the victim a medal, the police have asked prosecutors to charge him with murder. They are considering it. Bill Bryan reports for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.