GLENN REYNOLDS TAKES NOTE OF THE RUSH TO JUDGE RUSSELL YATES.
I've taken this up as well (scroll down to the post with the "Brainy Smurf" avatar). It really bugs me how little compassion people have for a man who had all five of his children killed, and now will have his wife imprisoned for life. Frequently, these are the same people who deride others for their lack of compassion of Andrea Yates's PPP.
My facorites are those who insist that Rusell Yates is "just as guilty". Really? The couple seemed to excercise poor judgement, but this is in no way equivalent to drwoning five children. I fear for our society when we fail to see the difference.
There's also a bit of unspoken bigotry going on here. Since they were a white Southern Christians, Russell Yates must have unilaterally imposed his will on the entire family, and thus is solely responsible for the negative consequences of the decisions. Were Yates's critics present in the household? Are they privy to the decision-making process in that family? Do they know how what Andrea Yates wanted? No, but that doesn't stop them from making assumptions based on race and religion.