After Nolan said that, the people in the courtroom started chattering.
The judge pounded his gravel. “Silence in court.”
After that, he looked questionably toward the plaintiff. “Pretending to have multiple personalities?”
Nolan looked toward the lawyer, who nodded, then opened the folder they received just now. “Judging from this case, if the second personality committed the crime, which she could not control, then in principle, she could indeed be exempted from criminal responsibility.
“However, in essence, the exemption is only applicable when the person has totally lost consciousness and had been
taken over by the second personality because the second personality had taken full control and she could no longer control her actions.”
The plaintiff‘s lawyer looked toward Máxine: “However, the defendant was clearly aware that her second personality exists and was even using the identity of Cecile Wolfsbane, so there is only one possibility. That‘s that she acted out the disorder‘s traits and pretended to have dual personalities.”
Everyone, including Maisie, was shocked.
At that moment, the judge asked why she would pretend to have two personalities, and Francisco slowly said, “Criminals try to escape being prosecuted by pretending to be mentally unstable. Pretending to have multiple personalities was pretty much like acting as if another personality existed, so this isn‘t a crime committed while having multiple personalities.”
Maxine lost control and yelled, “Bullsh*t! You‘re all working together to frame me!”
The police officer went up and held her down, forcing her to calm down.
Francisco arranged the documents, including the evidence that Nolan submitted, and stood up, “Your Honor, the plaintiff is pretending to have dissociative identity disorder to commit a crime. Other than her childhood trauma twisting her way of seeing life, she also pretended to be her twin sister, Sue Reynolds, and enrolled in the Turner Institute of Art.
“Due to her childhood emotional trauma caused by unfair treatment from her parents and the gossipping of neighbors, pretending to be her twin sister was an escape from her identity as Maxine. She pretended to be Sue very well but couldn‘t get the honor that belonged to her because that belonged to Sue and not Maxine.” Everyone, including the jurors, was silent except for Francisco‘s voice, still lingering: “Here is some information submitted by our plaintiff. Maxine had attempted to murder her sister Sue to escape from her, but she failed. Sue was burnt to death, and the person who set her on fire was their half–sister, Rowena Summers.;
“Seeing her half–sister burning her twin to death made her start worshiping Rowena. If she could pretend to be her own sister, she could imitate Rowena and pretend to be her as well.”
Francisco placed the documents and his palm on the desk. “From a psychological standpoint, this imitation is to improve oneself and become more like the other person. It‘s caused by low self–esteem. She blindly wanted change and lost herself while moving into an extreme situation. This is a mental illness. Is it possible for an intermittently mentally ill patient to be able to do all that?”