Jury Finds Yates Insane, Not Guilty

From three seperate articles in the Houston Chronicle:
(Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle)

A Harris County jury has found Andrea Yates not guilty by reason of insanity during her second capital murder trial for the drowning deaths of her children in the family’s bathtub in 2001.

The restrictive, outdated Texas statute under which Yates twice was tried requires juries to find defendants guilty if they knew the difference between right and wrong, even if they are mentally ill. The second jury’s verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity reflects the jurors’ reasonable conclusion that the psychotic delusions that led Yates to believe she was saving her children by killing them prevented her from making rational judgments.

Defense attorneys [were] trying to convince a jury that Yates was insane when she killed the children.

Prosecutors [said] Yates, although mentally ill, knew right from wrong.

When is someone just sane enough to know right from wrong but just insane enough to kill 5 children? It’s a retorical question, and the retorical answer is never. I would be willing to bet that the vast majority of people living today know that killing another human being is (morally, legally, mentally…) wrong.