Posted by Charity on August 25th, 2006

(Updated)

WPTZ just had a live broadcast from the arraignment of Christopher Williams, who shot two teachers at Essex Town Elementary School yesterday, killing one, after killing the mother of his estranged girlfriend in her home.

Judge Cashman, yes that Judge Cashman, sent Williams to the state hospital over strong objections from the state prosecutor over the safety of placing this violent and dangerous man in such a low security establishment.

During the hearing that ensued, a social worker from the Howard Center said that Williams was suicidal. This was based on a 35 minute interview, where Williams claimed to not remember what happened, even though he had admitted it to police prior to the interview. This information was not known to the social worker and she did not take it into account after being given this information at the hearing.

The state prosecutor again stressed that the state hospital did not have enough security and placing Williams there would put the other people there in danger. The judge was concerned about Williams’ risk of suicide, even though he can be evaluated and watched at the correctional facility, as the prosecutor pointed out. His understanding is that Williams will be returned to a correctional facility if he turns out to be a security risk.

What I want to know is why we give a flying you-know-what about whether or not scumbags like this off themselves. He did just kill a teacher the week before school starts for crying out loud.

Let’s get this straight: A terminally ill person, who is depressed and doesn’t want to burden his family should have help in committing suicide, but someone who just killed two people and wounded two others, sending shock waves through a community, needs to be carefully watched so that he doesn’t take his own life, even if it puts innocent people at risk? Got it.

The worst case scenario if they put him in the correctional facility: He kills himself, the victims’ families and the living victims are spared the pain of a trial, and the tax payers don’t have the expense of a trial and incarceration.

What’s the worst case scenario if he goes to the state hospital and it turns out to not have enough security?

Update: Yet one more reason why it was sheer stupidity to place this guy in the state hospital instead of the correctional facility, which has tighter security: his “rather extensive” criminal record from Massachusetts includes “escape from custody.” (Source: BFP, Hat tip: Alphecca)

11 Responses to “Breaking News”

  1. “What I want to know is why we give a flying you-know-what about whether or not scumbags like this off themselves.”

    Why do you hate the U.S. Constitution so much? You know, that little document that serves as the cornerstone to our justice system…. Your statement assumes guilt before innocence and pretends that due process is something that happens to lunch meat.

    Would you say the same if that was your husband who flipped out for whatever reason?

    What I want to know is how a guy like this stayed in the gene pool as long as he did. I mean, he not only shot himself in the head, but did it TWICE! And he is still alive!

    After all this, it looks like Bob Kiss was right.

  2. Hey GTB, it’s been too long. I’m glad I decided to check my e-mail.

    Funny how in the same comment you accuse me of hating the Constitution, then turn around and forget the Second Amendment.

    I didn’t say we should consider him guilty as far as applying the law goes; I want to know why we should go out of our way to protect him from his crazy self, putting others in danger.

    If my mild mannered, law abiding husband turned out to be a violent, wack-job, who went on a shooting spree and killed my mother and a teacher, I would say lock the bastard up and while you’re at it, hand him a new rope. Yes, I am a cold-hearted bitch. Don’t you think I know that?

    Funny comment about the gene pool. I wondered the same thing.

  3. Thanks Charity. Glad to know where you stand!
    Didn’t you know this is what they meant by ‘for better or for worse’?

    Don’t you hate when people try to personalize crap like this to win the argument?

  4. There was a “’til death do us part” in there as well. I’m not about to let some judge close my loophole.

  5. I woke up around 8:00 AM this morning to VPR giving me the details of the shooting and the typical bureaucratic government response courtesy of a state social worker. As usual she went on and on about the services the school system and the State would be providing to those affected by the tragedy.

    My question is this: if my child lost their teacher in a shooting would I find better consolation in my priest/pastor/rabbi and my family or some do-gooder government bureaucrat who thinks (once again) that The State can solve all our ills. Little Suzy or Little Tommy might be tearful and scared but I would wager they would rather go to Mom or Dad rather than the Agency of Human Services (which sounds like something out of a Huxley, Orwell, or C. S. Lewis science fiction novel).

  6. “After all this, it looks like Bob Kiss was right.”

    About what, specifically? Has he come up with any proposals to back up his “guns are bad” rhetoric?

  7. From a CNN story:

    “Williams, who works at a bakery, is charged in Springfield, Massachusetts, with violating a restraining order filed by an ex-girlfriend. The woman obtained the order after telling police he had threatened to kill her and her stepmother.”

    If this guy violated said restraining order, what the heck is he doing on the streets – of Vermont no less?

    News flash, Massachusetts: we don’t want your trash.

    Why don’t the brilliant men of government worry about taking care of the criminals instead violating the rights of the law-abiding?

  8. Can’t Williams just be put to death now witout a trial? We can do it Iraq, why can’t we do it here?

  9. This would be the conservative in me….Execute him now. Don’t wait, execute now and get it over with. I cannot stand what that man did, I am sickened by it, and considering he admitted to his crimes, don’t bother with a trial and stick the needle in him.

    This is my conservative rant for the day..

  10. conservative? Hardly. Sounds authoritarian to me. We are a nation of laws and due process, and even scumbags like this deserve due process…

  11. Hey, he admitted he did it, why he did it, etc. How can a jury possibly not find him guilty when he confessed?