Anyone can be an American, but you have to be born Texan.

by alphamonkey on January 6, 2005 · 16 comments

in News,Stupid People

Just like mental retardation!

Oh, Texas! Why is you so insane? Case in point: A Texas appeals court has overturned the conviction of Andrea Yates, the mother who drowned three of her five kids in a bathtub.  Why the reversal? Because of an imaginary episode of Law & Order that was cited by a psychiatrist during testimony that judges ruled material to Yates conviction.

Note to self: If convicted of anything, find a psychiatrist that will cite imaginary episodes of Manimal crucial to my case.

I find it telling that a state that would argue so vehemently for the execution of well, everyone really, but especially retarded people would bend over backwards to overturn the conviction of a woman who drowned her own kids. 

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  • fealty2dahriyah

    actually the episode exists… it just had not aired by the time she did it.

    geez the death penalty is swell… doesn’t it make everyone feel all warm and fuzzy.

    do you ever get the feeling we should have the death penalty for white collar crimes. I think kenny lay has ruined enough lives by killing retirement packages and investments… I think we could put a cost benchmark on the human life.


    It’s a sad day in Texas, but we all knew this was coming.

  • olivesmarch4th

    I don’t believe in the death penalty, but obviously she should have been punished, unless she was genuinely crazy, in that case she needs help.

  • .alphamonkey.

    I believe in the death penalty. I just don’t agree with it.

  • Thundarr

    You care to clarify that position?

  • .alphamonkey.

    Olives got it, therefore it requires no clarification. tain’t my fault you’re too dim to catch the joke.

  • Shadow Stalker

    I think she had been sentenced to life, not death.

  • fealty2dahriyah

    is prison or death the only punishment? this lady is crazy and not your average crazy she is fucking looney. I know everyone thinks the padded room is getting off light, but a heavy diet of thorzine, lithium and isoloation sounds pretty fuckin shitty. and i guess if you are still the vengfull type she might get molested by an orderly.

    but does anyone honestly think there is a court who will set this lady free? she’ll be locked up one way or another.

  • olivesmarch4th

    Heh.  Good point.

  • fealty2dahriyah

    ifm y brain is workign right, which it’s not today, then I believe she gets a retrial. I don’t think this falls under double jeopardy.  sadly this dr was the only evidence they used to say she premeditatedly did this and wasn’t the loon we all know her to be.

    anyone got someone in there family they suspect to be like this? I swear my sister in law fits this bill perfectly.

  • .alphamonkey.

    Nope. The state can request a re-hearing, or can attempt to appeal, but it’s not an automatic retrial.

  • fealty2dahriyah

    this is a great example of why not to have the death penalty.

  • Shadow Stalker

    How’s that?

  • fealty2dahriyah

    in a nutshell the irreversable nature of DEATH. being that we are all human, we fuck up daily, and sometimes on purpose. get your facts straight before you end someone’s life(not literal) like rich jewel.

    lets see, someone on the prosecutions side lieing about something to promote their career and to appeaase the masses. sounds a lot like this guy, also from texas.

  • Shadow Stalker

    I agree with you, but I don’t think a woman who drowned her children is a poster-person for repealing the death penalty.

  • fealty2dahriyah

    no but the prosecution are the perfect posterchildren…. this was a lock tight case, no jury would let this lady go, and yet they had to try and turn this up to 11. only spinal tap goes to 11.

    this lady will never be a free, functioning member of society, conviction overturned or not. at least give her some meds and a padded room.

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