What is The Lothenbach Plea? Basically, it is where a defendant does not challenge the facts of a case and therefore allows them to be submitted to a judge without contention for adjudication. Based on said submission the judge will review, and then decide or render a verdict. Here’s the thing, even if the judge … Read more
Are the differences between a right to die choice and a victim of murder too subtle for the courts to differentiate between the two?
“The cases highlight the confusion surrounding the legal tests for murder, assisted suicide and euthanasia. Campaigners argue there should be clear guidance on how prosecutors should respond to cases where a competent adult requests help to die, and where relatives inflict death without the clear wishes of their loved ones. “The law needs to protect … Read more
“But in the meantime I want to warn youngsters about the possible dangers these websites can pose. “I would also like to warn parents to be actively on the alert for signs of their children being influenced by others on these sites.” Coroner Phillip Walters, from January 2008 Mail Online Story “Coroner launches probe into … Read more
PI Window Breaking News Exclusive: Nadia Kajouji’s Mother’s Reaction to Judge’s Order a Mix of Relief and Urgency
In a major set-back to the defense, several motions filed by attorney Terry Watkins on behalf of the Serial Suicide Killer William Melchert-Dinkel, including the controversial contention that the “Defendant’s conduct constituted speech protected by the United States and Minnesota’s constitution,” was denied by the courts. In his November 8th order (a copy of which … Read more
Melchert-Dinkel Insanity Plea Not Likely To Succeed (But Did He Counsel Children In Taking Their Own Lives?)
Defense counsel, Terry A. Watkins, moves this court, pursuant to Rule 20.02, subd. 1, of the Minnesota Rules of Criminal Procedure, to appoint a medical examiner and order that a medical examination be conducted on the Defendent, William Francis Melchert-Dinkel, to determine if, because of mental illness or deficiency, the Defendant at the time of … Read more
I remember last year doing research on the theory of parental alienation and the role it plays in custody hearings, and thinking how wonderfully complex from an interpretive standpoint the law by which such trials are adjudicated can be. Specifically, the fact that rather than being static, laws much like an elastic band are actually … Read more
Trial of the Serial Suicide Killer not a question of freedom of speech or a person’s right to die, it is a question of intent!
As I was pondering the pending trial of Serial Suicide Killer William Melchert-Dinkel, I could not help but wonder what my opening remarks would be if I was the prosecuting attorney. While the issue of the First Amendment relating to freedom of speech and a person’s inalienable right to die that is being presented as … Read more
In and of itself, the story of Nadia Kajouji is at once heart rending and tragic. A lovely (and loving) 18 year old university student who through circumstances that are not important entered the dark world of suicide chat rooms and fell prey to a predator which I have come to call The Serial Suicide … Read more
Cyber War and the Emergence of the Borderless Criminal: Why the Melchert-Dinkel Serial Killer Case Should Be a Slam Dunk . . . For the Prosecution
“The basis for the assimilation or perhaps reconciliation of virtual and physical realities in terms of law enforcement starts with the basic premise of criminal law, which as Susan Brenner who is the NCR Distinguished Professor of Law and Technology at the School of Law stated in a May 6th, 2009 article, is about “preventing … Read more