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Old 04-16-2012, 10:58 PM   #106
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He gave a Nazi salute before sitting down, acknowledged the attacks but did not plead guilty as he felt it was an act of "self-defence" and then finally broke down and cried - when watching a video of his own propoganda.
He sounds charming .

Another plus to trials: the trial will be an opportunity for everyone to hear exactly how he plotted and carried out such a horrific act. There are details the jury will probably hear that weren't broadcast before for some reason or another. They'll get to see him as he presents himself, and if they see someone who shows no remorse or emotion towards those he terrorized and murdered, that will quite likely hurt him more than anything else. His lawyer could bend over backwards trying to defend him, but all the jury will likely remember is his Nazi salute and crying at his own frightening propaganda, and the cold-blooded crime he plotted.

Trust me, cobl, I get your frustration-I too often wonder how difficult it'd be to even begin to try to defend scumbags like this. But the due process/fair trial thing does benefit everyone in the long run. It's not perfect by any means, courts have fucked up before, no question. But it's sure better than the alternative.

That said, I'm with you, throw the book at him. There are some people you just cannot rehabilitate, and they're a danger to society at large, so they should be locked up far away. When it comes to violent criminals, my sympathy pretty much evaporates.
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Old 04-17-2012, 12:03 AM   #107
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Where is the line for sympathy when it comes to violent crime and mental health? I'm sure all violent criminals exhibit some degree of psychopathy, but where is the point when the degree of mental illness or mental disability elicits sympathy or pity rather than anger or hatred? I'm not implying this case fits the latter, I've just always thought it was an interesting topic
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Old 04-17-2012, 12:08 AM   #108
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I'd struggle to feel sorry for anyone regardless of mental state if they did what Breivik did. Interesting topic though.
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Old 04-17-2012, 12:15 AM   #109
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What if he was mentally retarded?
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If it can be proven there is a mental illness behind such horrific actions, then I would suggest those people be sent not to jail, but to psych wards (and good ones, ones that can take care of severely mentally ill people in the proper manner). Jail would not be helpful to such people, especially if they get out-they'd have the abuse or disturbing activities they may have been involved in or witnessed in jail adding on to their already mentally unstable mindset, and that would be a recipe for disaster. Send them for psychiatric help instead, and if they need to be there the rest of their lives, then...I guess that's what must happen. If they can be rehabilitated and prove themselves worthy of a second chance in society, then we go from there.

But if they do this stuff simply because they're cold-blooded sociopaths, then they need to go to jail and stay there the rest of their lives. I heard recently Charles Manson came up for parole again...why? Nobody's ever going to let him out, it's pointless to keep going through the cycle with him, he's where he's supposed to be, leave him there and let it go.

The insanity defense is always a very gray area to deal with when it comes to violent crime. Many people would argue committing crimes of that sort indicates you're not all right upstairs to begin with, and some people who aren't insane can try and use that as a means to get a lesser sentence.

But then of course there are people who genuinely are mentally messed up for one reason or another, or, as you state, Jive, mentally retarded to begin with and therefore actually incapable of understanding right from wrong. It's a very tough call.
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But if they do this stuff simply because they're cold-blooded sociopaths
Sociopathy is a mental disorder just as schizophrenia is. I don't remember the exact numbers, but a huge percentage of inmates suffer from some form of personality disorder. Another huge percentage display characteristics of fetal alcohol syndrome. None of these is any more deliberate than the others. I just find it interesting that our impressions of people with these disorders and where we place the blame if a situation arises is dependent on the outward manifestations of the mental illness. If the psychosis is immediately apparent (muttering to ones self, ticks, verbal outbursts, etc), we're more likely to place blame on the condition; If the psychosis is more functional, we're more likely to place the blame on the individual.
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Sympathy is definitely not the right word. I'd have a degree of understanding, I suppose, but you kill a whole bunch of people and I don't really care if you're schizophrenic or sociopathic or whatever, you deserve to be locked up, a long way from society. Refer to Angela's first paragraph.
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Old 04-17-2012, 01:51 AM   #113
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Dig up the most horrendous form of torture and submit him to it.[/url]
Come on, let's not lose our own dignity in this.

And as far as I know Norway doesn't have multiple sentencing.
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I'm reminded of the Port Arthur massacre (Australia) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, where Martin Bryant murdered 35 people and injured 21 others in cold blood, including shooting a mother in the head in front of her 3 and 6yo daughters, whom he then shot and killed.

He's serving 35 life sentences as well as 1,035 years for a range of charges relating to the massacre, and he will never be eligible for parole.

That is how these cases should be dealt with.
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Refer to Angela's first paragraph.
But she kind of illustrated my point in her second paragraph
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His trial began yesterday.

He gave a Nazi salute before sitting down, acknowledged the attacks but did not plead guilty as he felt it was an act of "self-defence" and then finally broke down and cried - when watching a video of his own propoganda.

Due process, fair trial, I know all of that bullshit. But facts are facts. This cunt of human murdered 77 people and injured dozens more in cold blood. Dig up the most horrendous form of torture and submit him to it.

His sanity or insanity is the big sticking point in this case.

If he doesn't get numerous life sentences I'll lose whatever faith I have in courts of law.

Breivik Trial | Anders Behring Breivik Cries While Watching Video
Actually, it wasn't a Nazi salute. It was the Templar's greeting. Balled fist opposed to open hand. He claims to be one of the recent day Templar, apparently a big underground group or whatshowever. Is said to be the catholic counterpart of the extremist islam.

He does seem pretty damn insane to me. He hopes to go to jail so he'll die a martyr. And when the stories were told about how the children on the island ran for their lives, most shot in the back of the head or neck, he smiled. And then tried to look neutral right after, as if he didn't want the rest of the courtroom to see it. Pretty fuckin' batshit insane if you ask me. Should be locked up forever.
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Actually, it wasn't a Nazi salute. It was the Templar's greeting. Balled fist opposed to open hand. He claims to be one of the recent day Templar, apparently a big underground group or whatshowever. Is said to be the catholic counterpart of the extremist islam.

He does seem pretty damn insane to me. He hopes to go to jail so he'll die a martyr. And when the stories were told about how the children on the island ran for their lives, most shot in the back of the head or neck, he smiled. And then tried to look neutral right after, as if he didn't want the rest of the courtroom to see it. Pretty fuckin' batshit insane if you ask me. Should be locked up forever.
I don't think the Templar movement has anything to do with Catholicism, historically they weren't exactly the best of friends and scandinavia has only a tiny Catholic populatio anyway and Brevik
isn't one of them.
Are you thinking of Opus Dei?
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It was founded after the first crusades to protect pilgrims on their passage to Jerusalem and Konstantinopel. It was totally Catholic, until it became too powerful and were brought down by the French King Philipp IV. and then-Pope Clement II.

And it's true, the Nazis didn't use a fist, all fingers were spread out. Breivik frequently mentions the templars and even has pictures of himself in a fake templar costume and photomontages with him among other templars. It's his favourite imagery.

There've been two psychiatric expertises produced, both more than 300 pages long and with contrary findings. I guess this gives you an idea how complex it can be to determine one's sanity. Some might feel inclined to suggest that the second examination was written to please the public (there was a great amount of outrage when he was found to be insane and not able to be brought before a court), but from what I've heard and read they are pretty well established.
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Sorry, had kind of just used what all the other media used when I said Nazi salute... that'll learns me
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