He has a mental deficiency, a quite awful one from my experience. Saying he hasn't totally lost his mind is ridiculous. Alz patients have periods of lucidity, but they are colored by periods of dementia. Once the disease has set in, its unfair and improper to hold anything they say as the utmost truth given the situation. They know not what they are truly doing.
Originally Posted by wxwax
Same reason why a mentally deficient person cannot be convicted of a felony. They don't know the extent of the crime they commited, or actively participate in their own defense. Perhaps a bit too strong of an example, but apt. I'm not saying this happened, but its pretty easy to get someone with dementia to agree with you. It's why in a court of law someone with a medically proven mental issue isn't held responsible for their actions the way the rest of the populace is.
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