Thursday, June 12, 2008

Stabbing Your Spouse Is A Side Effect Of Health Issues?

From the CBS News about a man who was sentenced to 8 years in prison for stabbing his second wife multiple times in an attack which caused his victim to be hospitalized for over a month:

Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Charles Schneider said Wednesday that 68-year-old Joseph Groth already got his second chance. Groth was paroled in 1983 after serving one year for the killing of his wife, Eva, in 1981. [...]

Defense lawyer Mitch Williams says Joseph Groth has health issues and doesn't remember what happened.

This excuse for a brutal crime is pathetic, but some people might fall for it because of the man's age. The number of gullible people should drop because this crime is a repeat action except this time his wife survived. What shocks me is that this man was sentenced to only 8 years and that he served only 1 year for killing his first wife.

Those sentences both seem pathetically light to me considering that one woman is dead and another was brutally attacked. Maybe this results from the mythology that men who kill or try to kill their wives aren't a danger to the public. That view devalues the safety and life of this man's second victim.

If this view of public safety were true then all those who stab their parents or children to death would get similar sentences and would be viewed in the same way as this man's lawyer wants people to view him.

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posted by Marcella Chester @ 8:18 AM   1 comments links to this post


At June 12, 2008 10:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Twinkie defense? (Google Dan White if you don't catch the reference.)

I'm sympathetic towards mental illness, and even towards those who are violent with mental illness, but this man clearly is a danger to others, has continued to be a danger to others, and should be kept away from society at large and be somewhere where he is constantly supervised and his actions and movement are restricted. Preferrably with pschological counseling. (Assuming he's mentally ill.)


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