The mental illness comment was a reference to Terry, not Ames.
One of the things that puzzles me, however, is that the panel of judges brushed aside the reference by Terry's lawyer that his client had a mental illness. Why did this not factor into their decision when they were trying to assess whether he had adequate time to hire another lawyer? Would a person with such an affliction necessarily think rationally? Isn't that a contradiction? Yet these judges were more concerned about procedural matters than they were the HUMAN implications and displayed no curiosity about the state of mind of Terry Davis. Ironically, the one older-sounding man who was a judge and delighted in telling how one of his own clients had been thrown in jail for failing to file paperwork in a timely manner, didn't show the least concern about defendant Davis' ability to plot legal strategy. It was clear he felt Terry should have found a lawyer quickly and had HIM file any necessary paperwork for a continuance. This judge also chronicled a series of actions by Mary Reeves' second husband which fortified the defense counsel's proclamation about Terry's mental capacities!
I am not defending Terry Davis here. But he clearly was no match for the high powered attorneys paid for by money from Mary's estate.
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