Paving the Way for Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity?

By: Wallin & Klarich

Recently CNN reported that Philip Garrido, the Northern California man who is accused of abducting Jaycee Lee Dugard, believed that he was able to speak to his neighbors and anyone in the world through a black box without speaking.

Authorities claim that the Garridos held Jaycee Dugard captive for almost twenty years. Philip Garrido, who is a registered sex offender and fathered Dugard’s two children, pled not guilty to the criminal charges against him.

The box which Mr. Garrido believed he could speak through is about the size of a desktop computer, with a handle, a metal switch and jacks for plugging in headphones. According to CNN, Mr. Garrido told his friend and customers of his printing business that the box allowed him to communicate without speaking. The report states that his friend said, “he [Mr. Garrido] would move his lips and not speak… and you would be able to hear his voice through the headphones.”

One of his clients reported that, “I [the client] didn’t want to tell him [Mr. Gerrido] you’re a kook and you don’t know what you’re talking about” because he didn’t feel that it was his place. The report continues with how much Mr. Gerrido believed in this black box.

This press release indicated that Mr. Gerrido might not be completely sane and also presented potential jurors with the notion that he may actually be not guilty by reason of insanity. If the defense is to claim not guilty by reason of insanity, then this press release took huge steps in proving Mr. Gerrido’s mental instability.

It is important to contact a criminal defense attorney who would pursue every avenue of defense for your case. If you or someone you love has been accused of a crime in California, contact the experienced Southern California criminal defense attorneys at Wallin & Klarich today at 1-888-280-6839 or for a consultation of your case. We can help you.

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