Co-defendant Reverse Waiver Hearing
Morgan Geyser’s co-defendant, Anissa Weier, has her own reverse waiver hearing today, Tuesday, May 26th, to determine if she will be remanded to juvenile court. While this hearing is independent of Morgan’s reverse waiver hearing next month, Judge Michael Bohren’s decision concerning Anissa Weier may be indicative of his willingness to come to a similar ruling for Morgan. Weier’s defense, based on an article in the Journal Sentinel by Bruce Vielmetti, is approaching the reverse waiver hearing from a constitutional angle, and recently filed a motion claiming that it “violates the Eighth Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment, and that keeping her from the juvenile court system violates her rights to equal protection and due process” (Journal Sentinel article). According to Vielmetti’s article, Weier’s attorneys are arguing “that science has shown that areas of the brain associated with impulse control, risk assessment and moral reasoning develop last, often not until a person is in her 20s”, which is widely recognized by the courts. While we at SlenderChance.com do not know whether Anissa Weier is, like Morgan Geyser, suffering from an organic brain disease like schizophrenia, we still stand firmly behind her case being remanded to juvenile court. The lengthy motion filed by Weier’s attorney’s provides ample reasoning, “…There is strong evidence that ‘adult time for adult crime’ laws actually increase recidivism because juveniles sentenced as adults become vulnerable to adult criminals (and) are mentored by them”.
In an associated local article published by WISN 12, our efforts at SenderChance.com were recognized, although it is clear that Nick Bohr (the author of said news report) did not thoroughly research the contents of the website. Bohr reports that, “WISN 12 News has learned of an online effort, SlenderChance.com, portraying Geyser as a child diagnosed with schizophrenia — someone in need of help and not as someone who tried to kill”. Had Bohr taken the time (as we recommend that everyone visiting our site do) to select the About tab and further investigate the purposes of the page, he would have quickly located a section titled The Facts… which includes both a short recapitulation of the crime and this passage, “While we DO NOT condone or support any violent crime, let alone this particular event, we believe that this crime is a symptom of a greater, and deeper social issue: mental illness. We believe that Morgan is a child with mental illness who needs help, not exile”. It is also interesting that Bohr states we are “portraying Geyser as a child diagnosed with schizophrenia”, when it is a fact that Morgan Geyser has been diagnosed with childhood onset schizophrenia, this fact being recognized in Judge Michael Bohren’s courtroom. It would seem that local news is continuing to perpetuate the notion that Morgan Geyser’s mental state is not legitimately a mitigating circumstance in this case, when in fact it is!
Last but certainly not least, we would like to remind our readers that the opportunity to write letters to Judge Michael Bohren is coming to a close, as the amassed letters will be provided to the judge on June 1st. By joining our Letter Writing Pool you will have the opportunity to directly assist in our efforts to be Morgan Geyser’s slender chance!
“I have no idea what’s awaiting me, or what will happen when this all ends. For the moment I know this: there are sick people and they need curing.” ~ Albert Camus
Tags: anissa weier, bruce vielmetti, journal sentinel, judge michael bohren, juvenile court, letter writing pool, mental illness, morgan geyser, nick bohr, reverse waiver hearing, schizophrenia, slender chance, slenderchance, WISN 12
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