Insanity Defense is Not for Everyone
Recently in Arizona, a jury rejected a Phoenix man’s insanity defense. The man was charged with shooting and killing his half-brother and his half-brother’s son. Allegedly, the man shot his half-brother in a drug dealing dispute, and then kidnapped and shot the 6-year-old son because the boy either witnessed or heard his father’s death. The man claimed that he was at school when the shootings took place, but interviews with the neighbors and evidence found quickly struck down the man’s alibi. Next, the man’s defense attorney claimed that the man had experienced a psychotic episode during the shootings. But it wasn’t proven that the man suffered from a mental disorder that would have prevented him from understanding that his actions were wrong. The jurors rejected the man’s insanity defense, and found him guilty of first-degree murder, second-degree murder, kidnapping, burglary, and tampering with evidence.
There is a misconception in our society that a defendant facing criminal charges can simply claim insanity, the court buys it, and many cases are ruled this way. Insanity rulings are actually pretty rare, and truly reserved for those suffering from severe mental disorders. People who commit crimes without being in full control of their mental faculties don’t fully understand the consequences of their actions, and require help to protect them from a prison sentence. A seasoned mental health defense attorney, like Bernardo Garcia, can successfully defend and assist individuals suffering from mental disorders. Prison is not the place for these individuals; they need treatment. If you or a loved one is facing criminal charges and suffer from mental illness, contact the Garcia Law Firm, PLC for a free consultation.
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2 Arizona Men Arrested in Sting Operation for Attempting to Buy Female Slaves
In a sting operation set up by the FBI, four men were sentenced to long prison terms and hefty fines after being exposed as prepared and eager to subject woman to a lifetime of torture, abuse, and hard work.
The sting began when the FBI gained access to an internet site that offered users the chance to buy female slaves in Malaysia. The site was a scam, and users of the site were defrauded, but the FBI learned that there were a lot of people in the US and around the world that were interested in purchasing slaves.
Agents from the FBI began targeting certain users of the site who seemed committed to the idea of purchasing a slave, emailing them as the “slaver.” Special Agent Kurt Remus, of the FBI’s Phoenix field office, said, “We’d tell them, ‘This is not fantasy, these are humans. If you have any problems with that, get out now.’” He says that scared off many of the would-be slave buyers. But four men continued communication with the “slaver,” eventually traveling with money in hand to what they believed was a slave auction at a residence in Paradise Valley. They brought pictures of their slave dungeons, assuring the “slaver” that there was no way the women would be able to escape. All four had taken action to secure their homes: one way locks, restraining devices, chains, covered windows, soundproof boxes, and cages. The proof the men provided of the extensive preparations they took to contain their would-be slaves was used as evidence by the prosecution.
One of the Arizona men arrested was from Mesa, the other from Tucson. The other two men arrested were from California and Montana. They received prison sentences that ranged from five to nine years, followed with supervised probation.
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