Nanny Accused of Killing Krim Children Uses ‘Pathetic’ Excuse to Avoid Murder Trial

police tapeLast fall, when the two Krim children were stabbed to death, their nanny stabbed herself in the neck. The unofficial story from then on has been that Yoselyn Ortega is just plain crackers. But is she too crazy to stand trial? (YES, that's a thing. A person can avoid going to trial just because they're too mentally ill.) Could Ortega actually just walk away without answering to the charges of murdering two innocent children?

Today a court said no. Ortega was decalared mentally fit enough to stand trial. A Manhattan judge said, "Both psychiatrists find the defendant can in a meaningful way assist in her own defense and have found her fit to proceed to trial." But Ortega's lawyer is challenging the ruling. She describes Ortega as "pathetic," like that's an excuse for not having to answer to a crime.

I'll tell you what's pathetic -- claiming your client is too pathetic to stand trial. If we excused every defendant who seemed "pathetic" from standing trial no one would ever have to answer to anything. They're all pathetic.

And keep in mind, this is not a question of whether Ortega is not guilty of the crimes by reason of insanity. This is just a formality before the trial gets started. We're not even in the front door on this one!

I wonder if Ortega's lawyer feels like if she can't prove her client is too crazy to stand trial, she doesn't stand much chance of making that insanity defence work in the trial itself. Honestly, these people are just postponing the inevitable -- by several months. That's how long this appeal could take. And we Still. Haven't. Even. Gotten. Started.

Do you think anyone could be too "pathetic" to stand trial?


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Candida Pixie-Stix Woodard

Maybe she is mentally ill, maybe the voices told her to do it, or maybe she realized she wouldnt get away with it so she stabbed herself in hopes that the world would think she was a nut case. Well anyone who kills a child is a nutcase, but anyone who kills a child also deserves to spend the rest of their "pathetic" lives in prison or better yet, just stab her to death.

A child is innocent, they cant defend their selves, thats what the adults are for. She should have to face the same horrors that the children faced before they died.

If we started killing people the same way they killed their victims instead of putting a needle in their arm and letting them "fall asleep" then I think the stupid crimes like this wouldnt happen nearly as often.

masse... massenberg

 I agree with you on that one she shld get the same punishment. those poor kids shld not have suffered bc of their  insane grandma. Now she needs to suffer

Bloom... Bloomie79

Mmm... Insane grandma need to read before she comments.

There is no plea of crazy that works here. People who kill innocent babies need no appeal, f-in down with the wicked witch. 

Mommi... MommietoJB

All murderers are pathetic pieces of shit. Its not a defense, its an idiotic plea. I hope she is put to death. In some other country the law implements an eye for an eye, in sick cases like this I wish we had that here.

nonmember avatar SwankyKnickers

You know, lawyers have a duty to their clients to the best they can, making whatever arguments are required.
Obviously we want to see this woman tried and put away, but I don't think it is fair to berate her lawyer.

tuffy... tuffymama

Fry that bitch.

nonmember avatar marie smith

Burn in Hell Yoselyn Ortega! Agreed! Fry that witch!

nonmember avatar Celia

I have no idea if this woman is guilty or not but this youtube video sure does make one wonder just how deep the rabbit hole is:

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