The Andrew Goldstein Verdict
Statement of Laurie Flynn, Executive Director
For Immediate Release, March 24, 2000
Contacts: Bob Carolla or Anne-Marie Chace 703-524-7600
Although Andrew Goldstein was so sick that New York State passed a treatment law as a direct result of the case, a jury has found that he was not sick enough, and rejected his plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. Statements by jurors after the verdict reflect a persistent lack of understanding of schizophrenia-a biological brain disorder that afflicts people through no fault of their own.
The only just result in this case would be for the judge to sentence Andrew Goldstein to a secure psychiatric treatment facility. Prison is only likely to worsen his illness. Without justice and compassion, only the cruelty of schizophrenia will prevail, and the tragedy of Kendra Webdale's death will be compounded.