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Ariel Castro’s Attorney: Client Denied Psychological Evaluation — Institutional Failure

"Ariel Castro and the citizens of Ohio are entitled to something better."

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Paula Bolyard

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September 4, 2013 - 12:14 pm

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The Franklin County Coroner’s Office has completed its autopsy on Ariel Castro. It confirmed the cause of death as hanging and the manner as suicide.

Castro, who held four women captive for ten years in Cleveland, committed suicide in his cell on Tuesday night. The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction said Castro’s cell was 8 feet by 12 feet and contained a single bunk along with a uniform, bed sheet, and hygiene products. He was reportedly checked by corrections officials every 30 minutes at random intervals, though he was not on suicide watch.

According to NewsNet 5, Tim Shafer, an official with the prison guards’ union, said: “Just like out in the public, suicides happen, and you just can’t prevent every one of them.”

Jaye Schlachet, Castro’s attorney, released a statement Wednesday morning:

We requested the opportunity for a forensic psychologist to evaluate Ariel Castro when he was in county jail and the state’s prison reception center.  Local and state authorities denied our requests. There is an institutional failure beyond Ariel Castro and the citizens of Ohio are entitled to something better.  It’s just sad.

Castro was on suicide watch for several weeks after his arrest while housed in the Cuyahoga County Jail, with logs documenting his activity every 10 minutes. In June, authorities determined he was no longer a suicide risk and he was taken off suicide watch. After his sentencing he was moved to a reception center for newly arrived inmates in Orient, near Columbus, Ohio.

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty showed no sympathy for Castro in a statement emailed to the Plain Dealer:

These degenerate molesters are cowards. They con and capture vulnerable children. This man couldn’t take, for even a month, a small portion of what he had dished out for more than a decade.

Let this be a message to other child kidnappers. There will be a heavy price to pay when you are caught. You won’t enjoy the captive side of the bars.

Craig Weintraub, another attorney for Castro, said that Castro wished he had gotten help years ago and unfortunately he didn’t. “This could have come to an end ten years ago.”

Asked if Castro had shown any remorse, Weintraub referred to Castro’s court statement, in which he blamed the victims for his crimes.

It was very surprising, his statement in court. For whatever reason it was out of his own anger towards himself. There’s no way to try to understand what he said in that courtroom. There’s no way to try to reconcile that for anyone who is a rational thinking person. But I know that afterwards he really expressed genuine remorse — in his own way that he can, he expressed remorse and I know that he was profoundly remorseful throughout, even though he didn’t show it in that courtroom. It was sad, what he had to say in that courtroom. I felt bad for the women and in a sense, I felt bad for him that he was sick and that he couldn’t see that what he was doing in the courtroom as well was re-victimizing them.

Castro served just over one month of his life plus 1000-year prison sentence before committing suicide on Tuesday night. The victims have so far declined to comment.

UPDATE:

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio is demanding an investigation into Castro’s suicide. They released a statement Wednesday afternoon urging officials to investigate prison mental health treatment:

“The death of any individual while in state custody must be taken very seriously and fully investigated. As horrifying as Mr. Castro’s crimes may be, the state has a responsibility to ensure his safety from himself and others,” said ACLU of Ohio Executive Director Christine Link. “Questions remain whether Mr. Castro was properly screened for suicide risk and mental illness. Prisons officials must address these issues, not only to fully account for how Mr. Castro was able to commit suicide, but also to prevent this from occurring again.”

Castro’s is the seventh prisoner suicide in an Ohio prison this year.

The Plain Dealer reported this afternoon that Ariel Castro’s suicide will save taxpayers $23,046 per year. “If Castro, 53, had lived until he was 80, it would have cost nearly $625,000.” That does not include the anticipated legal costs for appeals to his sentence.

Recently "retired" from homeschooling, Paula is an unapologetic Christian and Constitutional conservative. Though she aligns politically with the Tea Party, she is a member of the Wayne County Republican Executive Committee. She is also a contributor at Ohio Conservative Review. Paula lives in N.E. Ohio with her husband, three dogs, and two parrots.

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This is very unChristian, but when evil people accelerate their meeting with Satan, I don't feel bad. Not a cause for celebration but it's hard to feel sad when they realize that they don't deserve to live and choose to end it quickly.
Unfortunately, the victims suffering will not end with Castro's arrival in hell. Pray for them.
32 weeks ago
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Ariel Castro was "entitled" to exactly what he got - hanging.

Done.
32 weeks ago
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I think his attorneys are pretty much lone wolves on this one.

Until the prisoner rights folks weigh in....3...2...1...
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"Questions remain whether Mr. Castro was properly screened for suicide risk and mental illness..." Really - someone still questions whether this guy was mentally ill? I suspect the only "remorse" this guy felt was for having gotten caught. For ten years he was in control and suddenly found himself - the controlled... I believe that is what pushed him over the edge and he took back control the only way he could.
31 weeks ago
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I think the defense team should have had the good sense to refuse to comment when asked. The guy was not "sick," like so many on the left and in the defense bar like to argue. The guy was evil. There is no "treatment" for evil except it's excision from the body of society.
32 weeks ago
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Sometime after his capture, this POS was quoted as saying that he hadn’t really hurt these women, and that “there was a lot of harmony in that house.”

The guy should have gotten the death penalty--carried out the day his sentence was handed down. The world is a better place without him.
32 weeks ago
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"in his own way that he can, he expressed remorse and I know that he was profoundly remorseful throughout, even though he didn’t show it in that courtroom."

Could it be that being the animal he was, that he had no remorse? This excuse sounds like the wishful thinking of a hopelessly naive person. When a dog is mad and dangerous, you put it down. You don't try to rehabilitate what can't be fixed. He ruined four lives and the attorney and the ACLU are worried about his rights and state of mind?? Really? What about the collective 40 years of rights denied to those four women? I would have put a bullet in this monster's brain pan in a heart beat. Then again, I'm the father of three daughters.
32 weeks ago
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With all due respect, which is none in this case, this death is not a tragedy; perhaps Mr. Castro saw the light and realized this was the right thing to do.
32 weeks ago
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i'm at a loss to grasp just what is "unChristian" here,

LakeMary
"This is very unChristian..."
What is very unChristian? Not punishing this monster the way we should have initially? He did to himself what the law SHOULD have done. Paul's letter to the Romans says it's not for nothing that the government wields the sword. What do you think we do with a sword??? we punish crimes...and this was most certainly years and years of crimes. Please educate me....
32 weeks ago
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The next revelation: He decided to be a girl, and referred to himself as Chelsea.
32 weeks ago
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"This is an institutional failure and the citizens of Ohio deserve better"?

Is there any doubt as to why most folks would enjoy seeing every lawyer in the land laid out and having their mouths filled with feces?

Castro's suicide was a perfectly rational act, seeing as how he wouldn't be having any pressing engagements for the next 1000 years n'all. In his own way, he "got over" on the Ohio justice system.

But I suspect that there won't be too many Ohioans who will be all bunged up about it.
32 weeks ago
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The lawyer is a failure. He failed to free him, failed to persuade him to plead guilty and saved the citizens of Ohio tons of money.

Too bad Castro wasn't psychologically disturbed enough to kill himself years ago.
32 weeks ago
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Castro did plead guilty, sparing him the death penalty for killing the unborn child of one of his victims -- also sparing the women having to testify at trial.
32 weeks ago
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His psychological evaluation should properly read, "a completely useless waste of resources, a stinking, walking pile of human excrement, and good riddance."
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