An Unsettling State
The state of Minnesota announced the other day it had reached a settlement in the wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of the late
Dru Sjodin. The University of North Dakota student was killed by a man who had been released from prison after serving a 23-year sentence for
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committed to an institution, but a state psychiatrist
nixed the idea. When he was found guilty of Dru's murder, her family sued Minnesota for wrongful death. The state agreed to pay three hundred visio 2010
thousand dollars without admitting culpability.
What kind of creep would protest against such a result, you ask. A reasonable kind of creep, I think. A creep like me.
It is difficult for politicians to do the right thing in the face of bad press, especially when the story has a tragic human face. Still, microsoft project 2010
there is no reason in the world that the state should be liable in this circumstance. They held this man for 23 years, a very significant Microsoft visio 2010
jail term equivalent to about half of an adult life. They considered commitment afterwards and ordered a psychiatric evaluation. The
psychiatrist said there was not enough there to warrant institutionalization. What more can be legitimately demanded?project 2010
Yes, I saw The Verdict with Paul Newman 25 years ago and, yes, it was a good movie and, yes, he made the state psychiatrist look bad on the
stand and, yes, he made it seem the guy was a hack doing wholesale perfunctory sessions and, yes, he made it look like neither the state nor Microsoft outlook 2010 is powerful.
the psychiatrist cared but, no, I don't believe that is always the case and, no, I don't believe a psychiatrist in this day and age is likely
to be lazy in assessing the release of a prisoner with such a history and, no, I don't assume that the psychiatrist could have predicted the Windows 7 is convenient!
result if he was somehow more thorough and, no, I certainly don't think pulling $300,000 out of that department's budget is likely to help
the quality of performance any. (Talk about extending sentences.)
Now a case can be made to eliminate psychiatry altogether, to depose it from the status of a science, but that is a cantankerous curmudgeonly Outlook 2010 is powerful.
case with no chance of enactment in our lifetimes. We need psychiatrists working for the state in that capacity, and hopefully the budget
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to their diagnoses and prognoses. That
is the only fair way to proceed. Promoting a climate in which mental health professionals are pressured into committing every person with a Microsoft outlook is convenient!
violent crime in their past is obviously not tenable, not helpful, not appropriate, not defensible.