Court orders psychiatric evaluation of Haredi knifer
The Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday ordered Yishai Schlissel, the suspect in the stabbing attack at last week’s Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade, to undergo a psychiatric evaluation in order to see if he is mentally competent to undergo a trial that would likely include murder charges. [...]This is something that should've been done before, but probably wasn't, and I have a guess why. What if it's because of the man's Haredi religious background that no evaluation was run before, because anything of the sort would be considered "coercion" away from their brand of religion? I've seen enough signs and clues over the past few years that suggest this could've all been the result of "cutural sensitivity" that non-Haredis would surely never get.
Since Schlissel is not represented by a lawyer and is not attempting to defend himself, the motion for a psychiatric evaluation was filed – somewhat unusually though not unprecedented – by the prosecution.
Usually, defense lawyers seek to declare a defendant insane to escape regular prosecution and jail time and the prosecution opposes the insanity plea.
Here, the state was not arguing that Schlissel is insane, and it will likely eventually argue the opposite – that he knowingly perpetrated the stabbings in sound mind.
However, as a strategic matter, the prosecution wanted to have a psychiatric evaluation as early as possible, even before the indictment, so that it could avoid any later attacks on a conviction of Schlissel with the rebuttal that it even made sure that he got a chance to make the insanity plea had he wished to. Following Schlissel’s response and a review of documents submitted by the prosecution, Judge Anat Singer decided there was sufficient evidence against Schlissel to justify a pre-indictment psychiatric observation.
If the law system is smart, they'll get serious about running psychiatric checks on barbarians like the Schlissel freak to see if they pose a danger mentally as much as they do criminally.