Originally published May 27 2015
Does your doctor have brain damage?
by Jonathan Benson, staff writer
(NaturalNews) A Dutch physician who was convicted of mistreating and neglecting eight of his patients after falsely diagnosing them with medical conditions that they didn't actually have now claims that he committed these crimes because he suffers from brain damage.
The lawyer of former neurologist Ernst Jansen Steur recently filed an appeal maintaining that his client, whose heinous misdeeds led one patient to commit suicide, should receive a prison sentence of less than three years because a car accident that occurred 25 years ago is somehow responsible for his contemptible behavior today.
In February 2014, Jansen Steur, 69, was sentenced to 36 months in prison for falsely diagnosing eight of his patients with serious conditions like Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis and multiple system atrophy. He also reportedly prescribed these individuals dangerous pharmaceutical drugs that they didn't need, putting them at risk of serious injury or death.
The case is so extreme and outlandish that a number of media sources have already dubbed it the worst case of medical negligence in Dutch history. Jansen Steur's actions led to severe psychological suffering for his patients, including the suicide of one who falsely believed she was suffering from two terminal illnesses and had no hope of survival.
Jansen Steur says he's innocent because his brain is broken After Jansen Steur was sentenced, the prosecution filed an appeal to have his prison term lengthened to six years rather than three, believing the punishment did not fit the crime. Nevertheless, the defense shamelessly launched its own absolutely ludicrous appeal in response, arguing that the sentence should somehow be shortened.
"My client has been diagnosed with a frontal syndrome," claimed lawyer Peter Plasman in his client's defense. "He and all the people around him are convinced that his behavior has been determined by this, now and in the past."
The victims of Jansen Steur and their families see things much differently, however. Having been previously diagnosed with a narcissistic personality disorder that drove him to prescription drug addiction, Jansen Steur is grasping at straws to avoid paying the price for his acts of violence against vulnerable patients.
"Someone who has suffered brain injury after a collision isn't eight years OK, three years not OK and the next eight years fine again," stated Joke Prins, one of Jansen Steur's victims who was misdiagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2003. "I do not understand this."
Psychopathic criminals almost always cite the most ridiculous excuses for harming or killing others It's almost as insane as the defense now being mounted by the criminal Habersham County Sheriff's Department in Georgia, who blew up an innocent child with a flash grenade during a botched drug raid last year. Psychopathic criminals Joey Terrell, the sheriff of Habersham County, and sheriff's deputy Charles Long, who reportedly threw the grenade, are now blaming the baby for getting in the way of their drug war weaponry, which they claim makes the baby a "criminal."
"The act of sleeping in a room about to be breached by a SWAT team constituted 'criminal' conduct on the part of the infant," reads a breakdown by Pro Libertate blogger William Norman Grigg of what the Habersham County Sheriff's Department, whose officers belong in prison, is now claiming in a desperate attempt to avoid having to pay out more than $1 million to cover the child's medical bills.
"Merely by being in that room, Bou-Bou [the infant] had assumed the risk of coming under attack by a SWAT team. By impeding the trajectory of that grenade, rather than fleeing from his crib, Bou-Bou failed to 'avoid the consequences' of that attack."
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