Monday, March 23, 2009

No defense

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Asperger's Syndrome does not make someone a murderer.

So a big fat razzberry to Twin Cities attorney Alan Margoles who claims his client Michael John Anderson committed murder because he has Asperger's. People with Asperger's are characterized by many traits, including, as the Star Tribune relates, "clumsiness and eccentric speech and behavior". But murder? That's not in the DSM.

So Margoles, thanks for sending our efforts for understanding back to the dark ages; for tagging everyone with AS as a potential killer; for undoing all the work we've done to build acceptance for AS kids. The neighbors will never be comfortable now. Our kids will never get jobs.

I don't know why Anderson committed murder. Maybe because he was male. Or Christian. Left handed or a Taurus. But please. Not because he has Asperger's.
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