Subject: The Insanity Plea
From: Christopher W. Thomas (poetlaureate@poetic.com)
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Date: Mon June 21, 1999 at 10:30PM

The Insanity Plea


When a man unloads a gun, aiming
And winds up killing, or maiming ...
The intent is there to harm another
And so there should be laws to cover

Providing for mandatory sentences ...
Regardless of how mad that person is
For a plea of insanity should only null
The death sentence ... but still give full

... Prison time, as mandated by the law
To anyone who kills, maims, or more ...
And, as well, to anyone who hurts others
In other ways, from which they can't recover ...

For slander is just as bad, in a sense ...
For it destroys lives, and sets up a fence
Behind which, some will close themselves in
As they attempt to come to terms with the lies of this sin

- Tristram

Christopher W. Thomas
8:52pm Mon. June 21st, 1999

NB
John Hinckley, Jr. - who shot four men,
including President Reagan, and Press
Secretary Brady (who almost died) ...
was found innocent by reason of insanity
on this date in 1982.