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Today Richard Henry Blain told a Montreal courtroom that he was given a vision by Jesus Christ that involved dealing with what he called the "national separatist problem."

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His legal-aid laywer, Elfriede Duclervil, told reporters that it has been impossible to prepare a defense for Bain.

When Duclervil asked Bain whether he understands that he is accused of first degree murder, Bain said that he does understand, and that Christian soldiers don't murder.

He told the court that he was given a vision "for the peace and harmony for all Canadians" by his Lord and Savior.

"I am a Christian soldier and we Canadians shall never surrender to fight the evil separatists," he said, adding "God bless you all."


Richard Henry Blain, CBC.ca News 41 Comments [12/12/2012 4:39:29 AM]
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Leighton Buzzard

Why doesn't counsel enter a plea of guilty but insane, or submit the defendant is not fit to plead?

12/12/2012 5:23:07 AM

Reynardine

Ah! The Anglophone that ran off the hook!

The problem with an insanity defense is that, if the jurisdiction used any kind of McNaughton standard, the defendant doesn't meet it. He knew these were human beings; he knew he was killing them; he intended to kill them; he knew the law forebade it. Now, "guilty but insane" is not a plea that exists as yet in U.S. jurisdictions, though it has been proposed. As I understand it, it would exist when the accused does not meet McNaughton but does meet Durham (the act is a "product of mental disease or disability"), and can mitigate the degree of culpability, mandate that the sentence be served in a psychiatric facility, or both, but would still be recorded as a criminal conviction. I don't know if that plea is available to him. In the alternative, he could be found incompetent to stand trial, and confined in a facility until he is able to do so.

12/12/2012 6:09:10 AM

D Laurier

The separatist movement died in the 1990s.
This guy is about 16 years too late

12/12/2012 6:26:17 AM

Mister Spak

It's OK if Jesus tells me to do it.

12/12/2012 6:28:22 AM

cdcdrr

I don't think God could give less of a shit about whether French Canadians want to live alongside English Canadians. Your god doesn't even speak white to begin with.

12/12/2012 6:30:26 AM

Doubting Thomas

Makes me wonder if he's legitimately crazy or is just pretending to be crazy. At any rate, lock him up in the loony bin for life. He's obviously a danger to society.

12/12/2012 6:36:45 AM

dionysus

When Duclervil asked Bain whether he understands that he is accused of first degree murder, Bain said that he does understand, and that Christian soldiers don't murder.

Of course not. They just send sinners to hell, right? However, to everyone who's not a "Christian soldier" cold-blooded murder, sending sinners to hell, cleansing the Earth, protecting good Christians' souls from the damned, and eliminating evil all look very much the same. So unless the judge is also a "Christian soldier", you not agreeing that you committed murder isn't going to help you at all in court.

12/12/2012 7:02:16 AM

Hasan Prishtina

He strikes me as the kind of guy who, were he living a few hundred miles further south, would be screaming out for separatism.

12/12/2012 7:09:47 AM

UHM

"Christian soldiers don't murder"
That should be enough evidence to declare him insane.

12/12/2012 7:18:39 AM

SpukiKitty

This guy's "Vision From Jesus" as a "legal defense" reminds me of the weirdness coming from the mouth of Warren Jeffs.

12/12/2012 7:23:05 AM

Horsefeathers

Someone should probably advise Blain that insanity pleas almost never work, nor does claiming religious motivation for a crime.

12/12/2012 7:26:37 AM

breakerslion

Christian soldier? Does that mean he is guilty of treason, or at least sabotage on behalf of a foreign power? I assume the murdered parties were tax payers, and therefore he has done harm to the state.

12/12/2012 7:49:59 AM

Papabear

Somebody's orbit's gone wonky.

12/12/2012 8:03:00 AM

dylanstrategie

Behold, what happens when "atheist" France has to deal with "believing" America

Just incredible, Quebec should just become independant before Canada starts bringing them down even more

12/12/2012 8:17:49 AM

Grouchy misanthropic heathen atheist

When you are hallucinating, you're on illicit drugs.

12/12/2012 8:26:24 AM

Anon-e-moose

"Today Richard Henry Blain told a Montreal courtroom that he was given a vision by Jesus Christ that involved dealing with what he called the "national separatist problem."

His legal-aid laywer, Elfriede Duclervil, told reporters that it has been impossible to prepare a defense for Bain.

When Duclervil asked Bain whether he understands that he is accused of first degree murder, Bain said that he does understand, and that Christian soldiers don't murder.

He told the court that he was given a vision "for the peace and harmony for all Canadians" by his Lord and Savior."

Dennis 'ma(short)bus' Markarzi, is that you?! (but then, I've heard he's breached his parole conditions, so it's the White Van & the nice young men with the comfy jacket with the nice shiny buckles for him next time...! >:D )

Anyway, this loony-tunes conclusively proves what Friedrich Nietzsche once said (emphasis added):

'A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.'

And the sooner religious fundieism is classed as a mental handicap, and all it's sufferers are put in nut farms permanently for the safety of the rest of everyone here on Planet Reality, the better. There are people with worse psychological disorders (and are usually treated effectively via pharmaceuticals and/or therapy) who would never so much as think of behaving the way this wacko has.

@Horsefeathers

"Someone should probably advise Blain that insanity pleas almost never work, nor does claiming religious motivation for a crime."

And therefore he can kiss his freedom goodbye, regardless; prison or nut farm (and thus the only way he's leaving is in a box), 'tis all the same - and a win-win situation - for we who live on Planet Reality.

--EDIT--

'Feeling sorry' for nutzoids is fine and all - until one - who professes to be 'an avenging angel of the Lord' - attacks a relative of yours (among other innocent bystanders) for no reason whatsoever. My cousin is still receiving psychological therapy.

Then you'll realise what a danger to the rest of everyone else on Planet Reality these seriously deranged loonies represent, and why they should be put in nut farms permanently. Just ask the police in this part of North Carolina, after someone used his pickup to trash two squad cars in the police station's parking lot (then asking him as to why he'd done so, when they'd arrested & restrained him)...:



...and not, say, people on the pavement ('sidewalk')?

'People just do the strangest things, when they believe that they're entitled. But they do even stranger things when they just plain believe.'

-Agent Keenan (John Goodman), "Red State"

12/12/2012 9:22:55 AM

Uhura

He's fucking nuts, don't bring Jesus into this.

12/12/2012 9:23:28 AM

mattiedef

I see one commenter's bile has reached epic proportions.

This guys probably scizo if he's hearing voices. Just feel sad for everyone involved. This will just get worse.

12/12/2012 10:46:54 AM

scared

Put all religious people in mental institutions? Do you realize how you sound?

12/12/2012 12:32:31 PM

Frostythesnowman

Lock him up with Hovind. That would be funny.

12/12/2012 1:50:48 PM

John

Richard Henry Blain told a Montreal courtroom that he was given a vision by Jesus Christ ...

He can't testify to what Jesus Christ said. Jesus Christ has to testify himself; otherwise,I think it's what the lawyers call "hearsay".

12/12/2012 2:15:05 PM

Jordab the Folf

But remember, Christianity is a loving, kind religion that teaches others to love their neighbors. By killing people in God's name. Also, wow, "Elfriede Duclervil" has to be one of the coolest names I've ever seen. I feel bad for that guy, too, having to defend a piece of work like that..

12/12/2012 2:36:20 PM

Old Viking

What was Elfriede wearing?

12/12/2012 3:14:59 PM

Gloria

@ Reynardine

The specific wording in the Criminal Code of Canada allows for use of the mental disorder defence if he did not appreciate that it was "wrong", not if he did not know it was "illegal." I believe there is precedent for interpreting the word "wrong" in a moral, rather than legal sense, provided that the defendant can show that they genuinely do not comprehend society's moral problem with the act in question (though not having looked up the specific case, I could be mistaken about that.) This is not to say he necessarily fits that definition either - I believe that's what the psyche eval. is for - but knowing the law forbids it does not necessarily preclude the defense.

@Leighton Buzzard
My understanding is that they did, shortly after this; they just wanted the judge to get a chance to hear him go on for a bit first.

12/12/2012 3:46:01 PM

Blarghonius

Further proof that "God bless you all" or any other "blessing" invoking the name of Ye Old Invisible Tyrant can be worse than shit, fuck, or cunt.

12/12/2012 5:09:32 PM
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