The plaintiff‘s lawyer chuckled. “The suspect who caused the death in the hit–and–run pleaded guilty only because he‘s the defendant‘s scapegoat. Since he would take the blame for her, the confession that he gave can also be false.”
The plaintiff‘s lawyer slowly stood up and handed in the documents.
The documents were presented to the judge, who skimmed through them and frowned.
“This is the evidence of all the crimes committed by the defendant. How can a mentally ill person draw out each step of the plan so purposefully when she wasn‘t in her right mind and couldn’t control her own behavior? So, no matter who the defendant is, they can‘t be spared, and the premeditated actions don‘t constitute out–of–control behaviors.”
The judge looked at the defendant. “Do you have any other evidence?”
The defendant‘s lawyer submitted two more pieces of evidence. “All the premeditated behaviors that my client showed were due to multiple personality disorder, better known as dissociative identity disorder.
“My client suffers from severe mental illness and even has experienced a few personality substitution incidents before this because of the brutal assauit that she suffered when she was younger.
“Patients with dissociative identity disorder can‘t control their behavior when the other personality takes over, so even if my client committed a premeditated murder, it was committed by her second personality, not her true self.”
Maisie pursed her lips when she heard the statement. Nolan noticed her hidden emotions and placed his hand on the back of hers.
Maisie turned to look at him, and he gave off a grin that gave her great relief.
Dissociative identity disorder, including a murder case carried out by a secondary personality, was indeed very rare, so rare that even the audience in the courtroom thought it was unbelievable.
The defendant‘s lawyer managed to completely distinguish and separate the defendant‘s behavior from the behavior of her uncontrollable personality!
After all, this was a crime associated with dissociative identity disorder, and the exact diagnosis provided by the hospital proved that the murder had been committed while the defendant‘s secondary personality took over. Thus, when both conditions were met simultaneously, the defendant‘s criminal responsibility would be exempted!
Maxine glanced at Maisie, and Maisie was looking at her too. There seemed to be a hint of mockery flashing across her eyes as if she was trying to provoke Maisie by giving off a victorious gesture.
The judge asked for the hospital‘s medical certificate to be handed to the plaintiff’s lawyer, who took a look at its content and frowned
Nelan leaned over to the lawyer beside him and said something, and the lawyer nodded.
The defendant‘s lawyer said at this time,” Since the criminal case was committed by someone who has dissociative identity disorder and the certificate issued by the hospital can verify that the defendant indeed committed premeditated murder under the control of her secondary personality, then the defendant should be exempted from bearing the criminal responsibility.” The plaintiff‘s lawyer suddenly added,” Wait a minute. One of the plaintiffs, Mr. Goldmann, has something to add.”
The judge nodded.
Nolan propped his upper arm against his chin and glanced at the defendant. “Since the defendant‘s secondary personality is the murderer that we‘re looking for, I want to know who‘s the person standing here now.
The audience was astonished.
Even the defendant‘s lawyer was stunned. Apparently, they had not prepared for this in advance.
The judge continued, “Maxine Reynolds, please answer the question.”
No emotion could be seen on Maxine‘s face. “I‘m Maxine Reynolds. I don‘t know much about my second personality. I only know that her name is Cecile Wolfsbane.”
Nolan smirked. “Are you sure that you‘re Maxine Reynoids?”
Maisie looked at Nolan in bewilderment.
Why would he ask her about this?‘