So Anders Breivik, the white “not religious but Christian” supremacist who murdered 77 white non-Muslims, one as young as 14, in cold blood, out of a fear of Islamization, has been deemed sane by a court in Norway.
Granted, a close call, but so far so good for the court. Evil is not always crazy.
Mark Stephens, a partner at law firm Finers Stephens Innocent, told CNN Friday: “The general public will think only a madman can commit these offenses, but in law madness is defined very narrowly. Basically it requires a doctor to come to court and say this person has a definable medical illness — in this case the prosecution said he was a paranoid schizophrenic, and that can be treated with drugs and behavioral therapy.
“If, however, he had a personality disorder or was just … motivated, as in this case, by a misguided political belief that this was the only way to stop the Islamization, as he would have it, of his nation, then in those circumstances he has be found guilty because he understood what he was doing was wrong.”
Breivik’s rampage, the worst atrocity on Norwegian soil since World War II, prompted much soul-searching.
With that said, the same court that found Breivik responsible for his crimes sentenced him to 21 years of “containment,” of which, he must serve only ten.
Which would make the penalty for taking a Norwegian life less than eight weeks in a prison suite (see post below about Breivik’s new digs).
Michael Vick served 23 months for dog fighting. I wonder what the penalty for that offense is in Norway.