is just as, if not more important. If you have lived with or know a bi-polar person you can almost see everything that is said to have taken place, as well as the stuff that usually (but not always) leads up to that sort of trip into whatever other dimension the bi-polar go to.Clinkingbeard's attorney didn't speak directly to the allegations, other than to say his client was under a hypomanic state at the time.
He asked she be moved from jail custody to a secured mental health facility.
The judge agreed to that request and set bond at $100,000.
She was also ordered not to have contact with the three Staples' employees.
Clinkingbeard is on the faculty at College of Western Idaho and Boise State University.
Court testimony revealed that she was placed on leave from CWI two days before her arrest for erratic behavior. CWI would not provide details because it is a personnel issue.
While I have sympathy for folks who are bi-polar, and especially for those who were not diagnosed properly before they went off the deep end, I refuse to climb on the "It's a disease, not a crime" bandwagon. You can use the insanity defense and get sent to a mnental health treatment center where they will adjust your brain chemistry as best they can, but being found "not guilty by reasaon of insanity/mental defect" should not be applied to anyone who will ever return to free society.* IMHO carrying the weight of a criminal conviction can serve as inducement to adhere to treatment plans and remain compliant with a medication regimen.
*Some states have a version of "guilty but mentally defective" as an option. It sends the person to treatment, and then when/if restored to mental health to serve the criminal conviction sentence. Some allow time in treatment to count towards satisfying the sentence.