A while back I wrote a sneering post about Clayton Weatherston, speculating that his monstrous ego would lead him to testify, despite his lawyer having to know that it would do him far more harm than good. Naturally, his monstrous ego won out, he did testify and he provided a spectacle for days on end that has made him infamous.
It left me embarrassed. I'd been sneering at a guy who was plainly, in light of his testimony, seriously mentally ill. That's just wrong. All I can say in my defence is that at the time, I thought he was simply an arrogant asshole, not criminally insane.
Two psychiatrists got up in court and gave a contrary view - according to them, he's not insane, merely has one or two personality disorders, like many other of our prison inmates. Fuck that - the guy obviously thinks he was provoked outrageously by her perfectly ordinary behaviour and can't understand why people aren't feeling sympathy for his plainly justified response. I'm sorry, but that's a nutbar in my book. Yes he needs to be locked up some place where he can't be "provoked" by others' banal everyday activities, but prison isn't the place.
I see tonight on Stuff that "sources" are reporting there's a bounty on Weatherston's head in Chch men's prison. Well, duh - since when have crims felt the slightest compunction about beating up on the mentally ill? Most of the thicko munters locked up in there would love to get their hands on someone like Weatherston, so they can tell themselves they're doing the right thing while enjoying taking out their violent frustrations on someone else. Fuck them and their self-inflicted frustrations - I hope Corrections keeps him away from them.
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