Friday, July 28, 2006

Andrea finally gets a fair verdict

Thank God Andrea Yates's conviction was overturned, and she was found not guilty by reason of insanity. However, her ex Rusty still doesn't get a free pass in my estimation. First off, he drove her to the state she was in when she killed her kids. He isolated her from adult interaction, he minimized the severity of her post-partum depression, he didn't get her help when she needed it,and he insisted on havign still more kids when she was already miserable and overwhelmed. He is as responsible for the death of their kids as she is, if not more so. Secondly, how Christian of him to divorce her while she was in jail and get remarried.

But this latest is just adding insult to injury. I don't recall him speaking out in her defense, or correcting any of the prosecutors lies, during the first trial. And he still hasn't taken responsibility for his reprehensible treatment of her during their marriage.

Poor poor Rusty. Fucker. But Yay! for Andrea!


Anonymous said...

I too am relieved at the latest verdict for Andrea Yates. But I think it's unfair to blame Rusty Yates for what happened, or to say that he didn't defend her during the first trial. He absolutely defended her in the press, until the trial began and he was subject to a gag order. Rusty didn't keep her from getting treatment - records show that the treatment just happened to be inadequate. Rusty is often criticized as a religious fanatic, and for continuing to have children with Andrea after her first bout with post-partum depression. But to have children and to live according to your religious beliefs are fundamental rights. As for continuing to have children - well, Brooke Shields just had another baby. Should someone have stopped her? I don't think Rusty is a villain - he's just another victim of post-partum depression. The man lost 5 children - really, his entire family. He deserves some sympathy.

Maggie said...

Thanks for the info, Nomda. I'm always happy to have the record set straight, and you were clearly following the legal details of the case way closer than I.

As for the post-post-partum children, I always got the impression that Rusty pressured her into having more kids, whereas Brooke Shields herself wanted more. Again, I could be wrong.

Regardless, I am so relieved that she got the verdict, and the treatment, that she needs. There was a vitriolic letter in The Globe this weekend from a reader who apparently doesn't understand the concept of temporary insanity. Lucky for him he's never felt desperate, I guess, but OOH how it enraged methat he was portraying Andrea as evil and as having gotten away with something. He was saying that our legal system needs a serious retooling if she can get off for this. Where is the mercy, the charity? The thoughtful perspective?

Feh, I'm shuddering at the thought of it. But still, I am relieved that this time,the system did right. Thnaks for chiming in, Nomda!