Have people heard about this? Carol Fisher, a woman from Cleveland, was arrested while posting a ‘Bush Step Down’ poster on a telephone poll (and possibly beaten up as well). The posting was apparently in violation of a city ordinance.
Kinda sketchy, but OK, fine.
But it seems that opposition to the President was enough for a judge to determine Carol ‘delusional’ and submit her for psychiatric evaluation.
From last Wednesday’s story on Cleveland Indymedia:
Judge Timothy McGinty forcibly incarcerated Carol Fisher in the psych unit of the Cuyahoga County Jail in downtown Cleveland, where she now sits for an indefinite period of time.
In a hastily called hearing yesterday, Judge McGinty made a highly unusual and outrageous decision to force Carol to undergo a state psychological exam as part of her pre-sentencing investigation. From the very start of Carol’s case, the judge has openly said that she must have mental problems for resisting an unlawful and brutal encounter with Cleveland Heights police. He went even further in yesterday’s hearing, saying that her opposition to the Bush regime makes her “delusional.”
And there’s more…
He [Judge McGinty] also kept saying Carol “wants” to go to jail, and that she has a “martyr complex.” When Carol tried to explain why she wouldn’t take this [psychiatric] test, the judge’s only response was, “I do not negotiate with felons.”
Not only that,
…if she refuses the psych exam, she will be forcibly sent to North Coast Mental Institute for a 20 day evaluation.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that, after a fair amount of resistance, Fisher submitted to the evaluation last Friday.
At first I thought maybe Indymedia was making this up or exaggerating–it just seems too outrageous to be true. But no, after a Google search, I found it had been reported on quite widely.
Another source said that the judge declared Carol Fisher delusional because, by posting her sign, she demonstrated delusion by believing that Bush would actually care.
By that logic, could President Bush be declared delusional for believing that his immigration speech would actually increase his job approval rating?
Lisa in Pittsburgh