Yet the DA is filing murder charges that carry the death penalty. The death penalty? For a mentally ill suicidal man? It may be one of the easiest capital cases a DA has, since the prisoner will long for the sentence to be carried out. Of course, in the meantime, he's on a suicide watch at jail.
What kind of a bizarre society is this? We have a mentally ill man who tries to kill himself, but is released back into society. He tries to kill himself again, but manages to kill ten people. In the name of justice, we now want to judicially kill him, but now we have a 24-hour watch on him to prevent him from killing himself.
I don't understand what sense of justice there is behind this. And the next time the legislature and governor guts mental health services in the name of fiscal health, one wonders whether the incredible cost -- both literally of the accident, and in terms of the impact on the hundreds of survivors of the victims for the rest of their lives -- will be totted up against the cost of providing those services.
I doubt it.