Does there even need to be a trial?

The world watched last week as Yishai Schlissel repeated his heinous act from 2005, stabbing Jerusalem Pride Parade celebrants 10 years after his first horrible crime.  I think most of us would agree "that's insane!"  It now looks like we will find out if this criminal is truly ready to be committed.

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.

Schlissel, who was previously imprisoned for 10 years for stabbing three people at the 2005 Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade, was arrested in the midst of a stabbing rampage at last Thursday’s parade, just three weeks after being released from jail, killing 16-year-old Shira Banki and wounding five others.

He repeatedly told the court at the hearing that he did not recognize its authority and refused to be represented by an attorney.

When the court gave Schlissel a last chance at being represented by the public defender, he answered, “I am not interested in being represented. You have no authority to judge. This [the hearing] is not in accordance with the holy Torah. I don’t want to take part in this illegal show, not by myself and not through any representative.”

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.

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.  –

Reports are that the judge in this case desired a quick evaluation (within 48 hours).  If this occurs, we may have the results by Monday or Tuesday. 

I believe we give credit to Albert Einstein for saying, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results."  So yes, if he expects not to be judged for his crime and suffer the consequences for murdering a poor innocent girl, he is insane.

We applaud the court system for acting fast in this matter, but if they need a book to throw at him, I am sure we can get some donations.  And yes, I know there needs to be a trial, but they better not f*&k this one up.  The whole world has been watching from the beginning and we know what the ending should be.

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