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Evil and Insanity Are Not the Same Thing

Norway mass murder suspect Anders Behring Breivik has been ruled insane. This means he can’t be sentenced to prison but can be confined to a mental hospital for the rest of his life. I don’t know much about Norway’s legal system, but I do know that the maximum penalty anyone can receive — even if you kill 77 people in a horrific day of bombing and shooting — is 21 years. So perhaps this ruling is just a way to confine someone who otherwise would be free to kill and terrorise again by the time…

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