By Jack Strauss
WHAT'S THE LAW —
David was a typical husband. Patient, understanding and as gentle as a summertime breeze. But then, suffering from overwork and financial reverses, he suddenly became a case of perpetual emotion and as close to the edge as Columbus ever came with his three ships the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria.
Notwithstanding, David’s understanding wife Hilda managed to contend with her overwrought spouse until, finally, he began to constantly accuse her of having more affairs than a caterer. Not even the butcher, the baker or the candle stick maker were pardoned from his accusations. Finally, Hilda threw in the towel and sued to end their marriage.
“His charges of infidelity are driving me crazy”, she complained to a judge, “and I can’t take it any more. The other night he heard me mention Michael Angelo on the telephone and he accused me of having an affair with both of them.”
“How was I supposed to know who he was”, responded David. “Lately, I’ve been having a lot of trouble remembering who I am!”.
IF YOU WERE THE JUDGE, would you free Hilda from her suspicious husband?
THIS IS HOW THE JUDGE RULED: No! The judge held that when a person is suffering from a mental illness, he is not accountable for his actions. Divorces are granted because of the fault of a person, concluded the judge, and not because of his misfortunes.
(Based upon a 1964 Missouri Court of Appeals Decision)