christopher

Christopher 4b

Despite your best efforts, there are still times where Christopher misses a dose - sometimes you are at your job at the airport, sometimes Christopher tells you he has already taken a dose when really he hasn't. 

At 16, he gets arrested - twice - for carrying a concealed weapon. He is charged as a juvenile. You are a little afraid to have him living with you, but aren’t sure what the alternatives are. Do you

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have him continue living at home?

Christopher 6b

You stay home, and Christopher becomes angry when you ask him to take his medication. He stabs you, takes your car keys, and is arrested after crashing your car. The evidence is substantial, and the prosecutors offer a plea deal that if approved by a judge, would likely put Christopher behind bars for seven to eleven years. 

Do you counsel him to

plead guilty, and definitely go to prison,               

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christopher 6a

You go to work. You come home to find Christopher went out while you were at work, stabbed a woman and stole her car, and has been arrested. The evidence is substantial, and the prosecutors offer a plea deal that if approved by a judge, would likely put Christopher behind bars for seven to eleven years. 

Do you counsel him to

plead guilty (and definitely go to jail)                                                        OR      go through a regular trial (pleading not guilty by reason of insanity)?

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christopher 7a

Despite the guilty plea, the judge decides to start sentencing at 60 years, not 7! At the sentencing hearing, Christopher smirks and denies stabbing the victim. The judge ups the sentence to life.

In prison, Christopher’s condition degrades further, despite being placed in a mental health unit, because his outbursts often lead him to be placed in solitary confinement.

christopher 7b

At trial, Christopher smirks and denies stabbing the victim. The jury finds him guilty, and he is sentenced to life in prison.

In prison, Christopher’s condition degrades further, despite being placed in a mental health unit, because his outbursts often lead him to be placed in solitary confinement.