It seems like the excuses for those charged with rape are constantly expanding but this case pushes the excuses to new limits.
A man charged with fatally shooting four people in a 2005 rampage that began inside a courthouse where he was being tried for rape was suffering a "delusional compulsion" when he committed the killings, his lawyers said Wednesday.
Brian Nichols' lawyers said in a formal notice to the court that they will ask the jury at their client's murder trial to find him not guilty by reason of mental illness.
Specifically, they said they will argue that when Nichols killed a judge, court reporter, sheriff's deputy and federal agent, he was "acting under a delusion which overmastered his will to resist committing acts which are criminal."
This strategy seems to take the view that if you are sure to get caught and convicted that you must be crazy when you commit the crime and therefore you must be found not guilty. Deciding to do what to most of us is unimaginable doesn't make someone too mentally ill to be held accountable for their actions.
This defense slanders the truly mentally ill.
This defense -- if true -- actually paints this man as someone who should never be free again since he cannot "resist committing acts which are criminal."