TheMental State of Arrested Person
Inthe first case, judging the experts, Hooker got arrested and chargedwith false imprisonment and multiple sex offenses. On may 1977 CollenStan was abducted while on her way to visit a friend. It happenedwhen she accepted a ride from a young couple Cameron and JaniceHooker as they both seemed safe(Ewing, 2006). Stan was then taken to the couple`s home and stayed there for along time. The hookers then began domination and control over Stan asshe was kept naked, bound, blindfolded, chained and gagged in thebasement. After some time, she was presented with a slavery contractknown as the indenture. She got convinced that there is a slaverycompany which was aware that that the Hookers had her, and she wassupposed to sign a contract or face brutal consequences. However, astime went by Stan was given the chance to go for jogging even whenunsupervised, so long as she asked for permission. She was evenallowed to visit her family and not say anything regarding theordeal.
Someissues raised by the defense at trial were Stans compliance with theHookers demands over the years. How could a woman be held for thatlong yet not make any efforts of escaping? She got the chance ofvisiting her family, but she did not disclose the ordeal to them.There were also plea negotiations that threatened to grant hooker alimited prison sentence by making him suitable for parole within fourand a half years. His attorney was arguing that even though Hookermay have kidnaped Stan the sexual acts they had been consensual andshould not have been considered criminal. Hooker also tried to lessenthe severity of his actions by claiming that he never held a knifeand always talked to Stan in a friendly tone.
Thiscase had its basis on Elizabeth smart who got abducted from home andlater found a year later. She got a chance to see the public, but shecouldn’t leave. What puzzled people a lot was the fact that she hadthe opportunity to seek help yet the kidnappers still maintainedcontrol over her.
Inthe second case, “profiling the mad bomber” George Matesky wascharged with forty-seven different crimes, including seven counts ofattempted murder. At the time of his arrest, Matesky had beenplanting homemade bombs in new York city for seventeen years. Hefirst left a bomb with a note outside the power company office thenmonths later continued placing bombs. It continued for a while untila task force was established to find a person. After some profiling,the psychologist was able find that the individual who was plantingthe bombs was someone with psychological issues.
Psychologicalexperts found him to be mentally ill, suffering from paranoidschizophrenia and not competent to stand trial. He got declared asdangerous incapacitated person and confined to a state hospital forthe treatment of the criminally insane people. This case had itsbasis on the D.C sniper whereby profiles had generated guessesregarding the race, education, gender and psychological informationabout the killer who had been terrorizing residents for quite a longtime. However, the profiling seemed erroneous but it developed thepractice of profiling basing on the evidence from the crime scene.
Inconclusion, under the law of new York Matesky could be detained in asecure hospital until he was competent. It also had to be not longerthan two-thirds of the maximum sentence for the highest felony chargethat he faced, and that is sixteen years and eight months of apossible twenty-five year sentence. Matesky was never found competentto stand trial, served the maximum period of hospitalization and thenreleased.
Inthe third case, formative years of an assassin, president John F.Kennedys assassination is ranked as the most controversial event inthe united state history. The case considered as one that has been socarefully scrutinized than any other in the country. It has even ledto the generation of so many articles and reports regarding the case.
Onecommission concluded that Oswald acted alone when he murdered thepresident. However, several other researchers doubted this commissionand more forensic experts believed that a lot was behind theassassination of the former president. Some other theory latersuggested that there was a second gunman who fired at a very closerange to the president. Scholars have also continued to say thatOswald worked for a government agency, and they also believed that hewas innocent and only brought about to cover up.
Lateron Oswald died, and his premature death prevented a trial from takingplace. This trial would have provided an opportunity to scrutinizeOswald is regarding his murder of the president. However, the warrencommission came out to say that they never arrived at any conclusionregarding the health of Oswald. They could not determine whether hewas sane or insane since he could not be checked by forensic experts.However, several other details indicated that he was an emotionallyunstable man.
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