05 June 2008

Mistrial for man who shot 6 at Jewish center

A judge declared a mistrial Wednesday in the case of a man who stormed into a Jewish center two years ago and shot six women, killing one, as he ranted against Israel and the Iraq war.
Jurors had indicated in questions posed to the judge that they were hopelessly deadlocked and struggling to determine whether Naveed Haq, 32, was not guilty by reason of insanity, as he claimed.
The labyrinth of the American jurisprudence is not for the faint of heart, that's for sure. And everyone thought that it's a clear cut case.
Haq's lawyers, however, argued that he had a long history of mental illness that had been worsened by a change in his medication. A defense expert diagnosed bipolar disorder with psychotic tendencies.
Just a technical detail: electric chair is bipolar too, it could be a meeting of likely minds...