On March 5, 2008 greg despres was found guilty of, but not criminally responsible for the murder of Fred Fulton and Verna Decarie.

The elderly couple were found dead in their home, the result of multiple stab wounds and Fulton’s head was severed from his body. As far as I’m concerned this verdict is symptomatic of what is wrong with our society. How can someone be found guilty of murder and not be criminally responsible for it. Last time I checked murder was still a crime. It is completely ridiculous that we have allowed a system to develop that permits people to get away with murder when we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that we have the one responsible.
We live in a society where people who don’t want to take responsibility for their actions and their lives are permitted to not do so and leave the rest of us holding the bag. The judge in this case said that “the sheer brutality of the murders causes me to question whether they could have been done by a person who appreciated the wrongfulness of his actions,” this was his reasoning for declaring despres not criminally responsible for the murders. My question is what does despres’ appreciation or lack thereof of the wrongfulness of his actions have to do with anything? His victims are certain aware of the wrongfulness of his actions as are their families. Society will be made aware, once again of the wrongfulness of his actions when he is inevitably released.
As a result of this sentence despres will be sent to a mental institution in a medium security penitentiary where his case will be reviewed every one to two years and he will be eligible for parole should he be deemed to have been rehabilitated. This is a complete travesty of justice. If we are going to send people like this to mental institutions once they have been rehabilitated they should be made to start serving their full sentence. I don’t care that he is supposedly crazy, mentally sick or possessed. These murders were not an accident. Its not like oops I slipped and now two people are dead. He had to have enough awareness of himself to bring the tools necessary to commit the crime and had to expend a lot of energy to get it done. Don’t tell me that he didn’t know what he was doing, that is complete rubbish!
One of the foundations of our legal system is that ignorance of the law is not a defence. I’m not sure why that doesn’t apply in cases such as this. Just because he may not have known what he was doing doesn’t mean that two people aren’t dead. If you do the crime you should be doing the time, end of story.


3 Responses to Societal ills: the sad case of gregory despres

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  2. Propecia says:

    There are some interesting time limits in this article but I don’t know if I see all of them middle to heart. There is some validity but I’ll take hold opinion till I look into it further. Good article , thanks and we wish more! Added to FeedBurner as nicely

  3. Ray says:

    Mr. Fred Fulton was a personal friend, and to this day, I am still shocked at this cruel and barbaric crime committed by Despres.
    The judgement does not justify the crime, and the punishment is shamefully menial.

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