Mental Illness and the Justice System

Texas State District Judge George Gallagher

Texas State District Judge George Gallagher

A convicted sex offender is getting a new trial because a Texas judge decided to go medieval on him during...

Mandatory Psychological Testing for Police Officers

Mandatory Psychological Testing for Police Officers

Psychological testing is already required for South Carolina’s police departments that are state or nationally accredited, but a new requirement...

Mandatory Mental Illness Training for all South Carolina Officers

Mandatory Mental Illness Training for all South Carolina Officers

Lack of training as to how to recognize and de-escalate mental health episodes may be one of the most common...

When Is Brain Damage a Valid Defense?

When Is Brain Damage a Valid Defense?

In Winkler v. State, the S.C. Supreme Court reversed and remanded a capital murder defendant’s case so that his attorneys...

Kohlhepp and SVP Commitments

Kohlhepp and SVP Commitments

Todd Kohlhepp allegedly kidnapped a woman and held her captive on his 100 acre farm in Woodruff, near Spartanburg, S.C. ...

We’re from the government and we’re here to help . . .

We’re from the government and we’re here to help . . .

Via Radley Balko, a 16 year old boy was shot by a sniper in Cherokee County, Georgia, after his parents...

A bit more on Comstock

A bit more on Comstock

The NYTimes yesterday noted that Elana Kagan, Obama’s nomination for the USSCT, had argued in favor of the government in...

Defendant’s mouth bound with duct tape during hearing

Defendant’s mouth bound with duct tape during hearing

Via Skelly at Arbitrary and Capricious, Judge Peter D. McDermott in Idaho ordered a mentally ill defendant gagged with duct...