Letter to the editor | Where’s the treatment?

July 5, 2014 

Jury nullification occurs in a trial when a jury acquits a defendant, when members of the jury believe that the punishment does not fit the “crime” even though they agree that the defendant is guilty of the charges.

I bring this up because Craven Michael Vaughn was convinced to give up his right to a trial by jury by his attorney, Curt Parkins.

You see, Craven tried to hire a hit man to kill three psychics in 2012 that were allegedly invading his brain and trying to take him over.

I cannot believe that at least one juror would find that Craven did not need to rot in jail, but needed to be institutionalized instead.

Craven has now been taken off of all medications and is housed in a state prison many hours away from his mother. He is incapable of dealing with the paperwork that would allow other family members to visit him.

It is very sad that rapists and murderers are being released back on the streets while we put the mentally ill in prisons with no treatment. The mentally ill should not be able to surrender their rights to a trial by jury!

Joseph Dupont

Towanda

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