Minnesota Supreme Court turns its back on mentally ill
A man is poised on the ledge of a building six floors above street level. It is the darkest day of his life. He is threatening to jump and end his life. Although statistics show that 90 percent of those who somehow make it through such a suicidal crisis will go on to live and never make another suicide attempt, the sick man does not know that. He probably doesn’t even really want to die. All he knows is that he wants his pain to stop.
A crowd begins to gather below, and anonymous hecklers begin taunting the irrational man. They become more and more aggressive, feeding off the excitement and fear. They yell “Jump, you Mother F***er!” and “Go ahead and get it over with, you P***y Coward!” Others cannot believe what they are witnessing. Someone calls 911. Do the police show up?
Why would they? No law is being broken. After all, this is Minnesota, sometime after March 19, 2014.
It is sometime after the Minnesota Supreme Court has changed state law by declaring that disallowing a heckler to “encourage” and “advise” the suicidal to kill themselves would violate the heckler’s constitutional rights. That’s right. From now on, in the open streets or in the dark and seedy chat rooms of the Net, twisted suicide predators can legally party on in Minnesota. Suicide baiting has become legal in the North Star State.
The Supreme Court has upheld the sacred right of freedom of speech, don’t you know? They reversed the 2011 decision made by Rice County judge, Thomas Neuville, after accused Internet troll, William Melchert-Dinkel, struck a plea bargain deal to accept the Neuville decision in order to preserve his right for a future appeal. Now, the fake “suicide nurse” who loves to exercise his suicide fetish by provoking others to kill themselves so he can watch, will soon be back in lethal business with his trusty computer and sporty webcam.
“When I met Mr. Melchert-Dinkel, it was clear that at his core this was a very decent human being,” deadpans his defense lawyer, Terry Watkins. Yet when this “very decent” man was first caught, he told the police that the hobby activity on his computer must have been the work of his two teenage daughters!
Oh, decency, right to the core. Probably just what family and friends are thinking about his gruesome culpability in the suicide baiting deaths of 18 year-old Nadia Kajouji (2008) and 32 year-old Mark Drybrough (2005). Yet Melchert-Dinkel (aka LiDao, Falcon Girl and Cami D) never spent a single night in jail for that conviction in those two recreational deaths. Instead, he enjoyed his freedom while his appeal went all the way to the Minnesota Supreme Court.
Watkins glowingly explains this for us, the unenlightened, this way: “Freedom means you have to allow things to happen that some would find disgusting and completely unacceptable from a community or moral standpoint” (Google Suicide encouraging nurse Melchert-Dinkel is a ‘very decent human being,’ lawyer says) “because there are greater implications.”
Really? “Greater implications” than barbarity?
What have the rest of us been thinking, America? Have we somehow forgotten or misunderstood all along that our freedom of speech is purchased through our tolerance of immoral behavior? That we must embrace the disgusting and “completely unacceptable” behavior that evil people use to offer violence and harm to others?
Nonsense masquerading as First Amendment rights, indeed! The only “greater implications” in this case were the perverted rights secured for Internet predators like Melchert-Dinkel and presumably all who will be able to enjoy the future state-sanctioned sport of suicide baiting in Minnesota. The court has upheld the constitutional rights of the suicide baiting hobbyist there!
It’s hard to say what will happen when the police eventually respond one day to the potential suicide scene of a jumper. What will police do if the crowd begins to torture its target and incite his death? What can they do since they have been rendered unable to stop what was once a crime? Will they join the mob yelling “Jump!” or just leisurely watch this new free speech activity?
And my personal question to the Minnesota Supreme Court justices is how they would have described the 24 San Francisco Police Department officers who stood down and disinterestedly watched, or stooped to join the mob yelling jump, in the February 16, 2010, suicide baiting death of my own son, Dylan Yount, in Hallidie Plaza?
Why, I imagine they would called them visionaries! Just your ordinary policemen and women acting ahead of their time, ignoring that old, unfortunate law that makes suicide baiting a crime: “Every person who deliberately aids, advises, or encourages another to commit suicide, is guilty of a felony” (CA Penal Code 401). In the jaundiced eyes of the Minnesota Supreme Court, the other 49 states with similar right-to-life statutes are blind.
And we thought Loons referred only to Minnesota’s state birds? Not anymore. The high court has earned that distinction and will forevermore wear it like an albatross around its judicial neck (Melchert-Dinkel’s favorite!). The intentional pain the court has inflicted on many inside their state’s school districts and workplaces is incalculable, and there will be more blood on judicial hands in the sad days to come.
The Minnesota Supreme Court has empowered the monsters in its state by turning is back on the mentally ill. The court has written the requiem for common sense and human decency. The Land of Lakes State has drowned out all the voices of reason such as Judge Neuville’s and and Prosecutor G. Paul Beaumaster who said, “It’s not free speech to get other individuals to take their lives. In fact, it’s the antithesis of what our constitution was meant to be.”
The American people are not stupid. We understand what free speech entails and we acknowledge that we must often allow groups as unpleasant as the Westboro Baptist Church to picket funerals and hold up their “God Hates Fags” signs. We do not like it, but we understand it. We can also recognize evil when we see it. Those who see the world and want to do harm to others are evil.
Every day American society seems to become more inhumane and cruel, coarser and more vulgar. Yet this newest incivility is so outrageous on such a high level, it exceeds all known boundaries of historical American decency. Those warming the “benches” outside the Gates of Hell may debate the differences between a legal system and a justice system all they like. The rest of us are not buying what comes out of Judicial Amateur Hour in Minnesota.