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Paul Merhige gets plea deal

Discussion in 'General ME/CFS News' started by Daffodil, Oct 29, 2011.

  1. Daffodil

    Daffodil Senior Member

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    paul merhige, the CFS patient who killed 4 family members, just got 7 life terms in exchange for pleading guilty and saving himself from the death penalty.

    one has to wonder what would have come out in the trial about CFS and whether this may have been a factor in offering him this deal....he is a much maligned figure after shooting a poor 6 yr old girl. very strange that he got this deal.
     
  2. Boule de feu

    Boule de feu Senior Member

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    What is chronumet?
     
  3. Boule de feu

    Boule de feu Senior Member

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    Not strange. One of my colleague's whole family got killed by her brother who has schizophrenia. She is the only one who was spared because she was absent that day. He did not get much of a sentence because he was sick.
     
  4. I don't know the details of this case, but, there's a huge difference between cold blooded killing for profit or sick lust for slaughter...
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    being insane
    what most folk cannot face is that anyone one of us can go down those three roads, these crimes aren't commited by aliens, jsut fellow Human Beings.
    Nor can they consider the rational but vile choices and justifications of the 1st, the surrender of ocntrol of the 2nd, or the horror of the insane person who may grasp what they've done ot folk they love but couldn't stop themselves.
     
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  5. Valentijn

    Valentijn WE ARE KINA

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    A plea bargain in this situation is very normal. Approximately 90% of all criminal cases don't go to trial because of pleas, and in the case of a death penalty case it makes a lot of sense for an undeniably guilty person to choose a life sentence. Death penalty cases are also extremely expensive to prosecute (not even counting the appeals processes), so there's a good incentive for the state to offer the plea bargain.

    Mental illness probably didn't have much of a roll in the plea bargain. If his attorney thought they had a leg to stand on, he would have taken it to trial. Also, keep in mind that mental illness is only really relevant when it makes the defendant unable to appreciate that it's wrong to kill someone. The only other way it's somewhat relevant is when the defendant is too messed up to help his own defense, in which cause the court will order him to be medicated until he is.
     
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    My impression is that Canada is rather lenient, and other countries.

    GG
     
  7. Daffodil

    Daffodil Senior Member

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    sometimes i think about how hellish it must be to have CFS and be incarcerated at the same time. i might have chosen death.
     
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    SOC

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    How do we know the guy has CFS? Based on his behavior, I can see that he must have some kind of mental illness, but where does the CFS come into it?
     
  9. Kina

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    I saw that mentioned in the medication list on the most wanted site. There is no such medication. They must have misunderstood or misspelled the medication.

    Kina.
     
  10. taniaaust1

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    ME/CFS wont make a court give a person a lighter sentence... even not all with some serious illnesses get lighter sentences unless it is proven they were affected by the mental illness right at the moment of the crime.

    If he has ME/CFS too (its quite possible to have both it as well as having other conditions too) he may well find jail a relief to him in many ways eg improvement of symptoms due to having to do far less, not having to cook for oneself etc etc.. jail is like enforced rest.

    Thou if he has food issues etc, jail food can be a real problem (they do cater a bit thou for food issues), also roll call is a huge issue as one has to be out of bed early for it and be standing awaiting for inspection!!
     

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