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November 30, 2009


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Proper mental hlteah care? More like an exorcism. I don't know about Baltimore, but on my department, half the time we feel like an extension of the mental hlteah department. A hefty portion of our call volume is dedicated to responding to and evaluating situations regarding whether a person's mental hlteah (or lack thereof) places them in a position to be a threat of harm to themselves or another person. If so, it's into protective custody and off to a brief vacation at the local loony bin. They emerge 72 hours later pumped full of meds and even more 10-96 (our ten-code for crazy) than when they went in. It's a revolving door. Kinda like our criminal justice system. On that note, I believe no one can "be" rehabilitated (or "cured" of their mental defect or disease) because people must choose to rehabilitate themselves, and, sadly, that is a decision made only be a few. In any event, if this waste of space Clemmons sat before my bench as a judge, I hope I'd have had the intuition to classify him under the "almost definitely for sure hopeless" file and not look back. Clemency would not cross my mind. Sometimes these judges and governors get off on comparing themselves to Jesus by being merciful, but how about a little balance here, come on. (I'm speaking here to Pulaski Circuit Court Judge Marion Humphrey, who supported Clemmons in urging for his clemency and later ultimately married Clemmons in his chambers. Humphrey was interviewed on CNN last night and, while I only caught bits and pieces of the interview, it sounded like Humphrey was comparing himself to Jesus in granting mercy to people like Clemmons. Please tell me I misheard or misinterpreted this. Please.)If you really want to be like God, sometimes you have to exercise a little judgment, too. And you gotta protect all us sheep out there from the wolves like Clemmons. There's more to being like Jesus than being merciful. How many cheeks to we have to turn? Widen your horizon, would ya? See the big picture?Please? So something like this doesn't happen again???

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