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Discussion in 'After Hours Lounge (Off Topic)' started by Eric_E, Dec 5, 2003.
It's a testiment to the movie's greatness that it would have such a profound effect on this young person's mind. Uh. Yeah. The guy is insane. Pure and simple.
If there's "bait" anywhere, it's in the title of this thread. The Matrix is not a critical part of Malvo's defense, and the linked article expressly says so:
I think his actions alone are enough to say he is insane. I mean, isn't murder insane? Why is there a distinction between "sane" murder and "insane" murder? Either way, the person has demonstrated his threat to society. I'd prefer something like: "This guy couldn't help it because a remote-control device was implanted in his brain. There was nothing he could do to stop his actions." It should be very easy to prove if the defendant had such an implant in his brain or not, unlike what the courts consider sanity or insanity, which cannot be directly measured by their definition - uh, whatever the hell that is.
Is spending more than $10,000 on home theater "insane"?
"Insanity" is a legal term. If Malvo is insane, then that would mean that he did not understand right from wrong, and hence, he is not responsible for the killings. That is the crux of the insanity defense. A sane person knows that murder is wrong, but chooses to do it anyway. That, in general terms, is the difference between sane murder and insane murder. Is murder insane? No. Reprehensible? Yes.
When there is a choice between the legal definition and the scientific definition, I always choose the scientific one. Thankfully, it seems the scientific community has abandoned the term "insanity". (Insert smart-ass remark about lawyers here)
I look at it this way, I don't care if he was insane or plain evil I think he deserves to die, and personally I think the victims families wouldn't feel more comforted that he was insane when he did this.
Personally, I don;t like the fact that the Matrix thing is just one tiny data point in this case, it is mentioned that the Matrix is not a key point in the defense, yet half of the article is spent talking about the Matrix and the link that was on the front page of MSN mentioned the MAtrix, yet the headline of the article did not.
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Michael: The title of the thread was a verbatim copy-and-paste job of a headline on MSNBC's home page a few days ago. No bait for anything was intended. I was just sharing the news item with the forum.
Not to get into the politics of capital punishment, but there are people for a matter of reason are against it for moral and religious purposes.
that's their choice and i totally respect it. heck, i just about admire them for being able to think that way.