With the verdicts in several questions still remain, of which many a follower of this story would like to know; are there any circumstances that might keep Ms. Anthony behind bars or confined by other means from the public?
Before and during the trial Ms. Anthony was given mental evaluations to determine her competency to stand trial, to the best of my knowledge she was found to be of sound mind. Interesting now is the fact that the evaluation during the trial, at the time, seemed to be a last resort by her Defense to at the very least - save her from execution.
So does our system have varying degrees by which mental capacities are evaluated at? My experiences with people who I would put on a level par to Ms. Anthony's; I have mixed thoughts concerning what is mentally stable to stand trial and what is mentally stable where it applies in other areas.
The desire of the majority of the public to see some sort of punishment or treatment administered toward Ms. Anthony seems reasonable considering some of her actions in the past. Can a person be mentally capable to stand trial yet still be mentally deficient enough to be released back into society? I am of the opinion that one can be competent to stand trial and still be too much of a risk to be simply set free.
It makes more sense to require Ms. Anthony to spend another few years getting mental help than to give her six months more of jail time and then just kick her free. The people I personally know who are her ilk, have never been tested or were tested and never received any follow up care. Of all the things we target for spending reductions, it seems absurd to make cuts concerning mental care - less is not more when it comes to public safety.
At a hearing several years ago where it concerned one of those I'm familiar with; I asked the judge not to punish the person with jail time, but to insist they get mental treatment. The judge agreed but with no system to enforce such actions - the person was allowed to dodge further treatment. That could have been a major turning point in that persons life, as it turned out that person continues to this day to sprial further into the abys...we are better than that, or so I continue to hold out hope that we are.