David was a typical husband.
He was patient, understanding and as gentle as a summer breeze. But then, suffering from overwork and financial reverses, he suddenly became a case of perpetual emotion and was closer to the edge as Christopher Columbus ever came with this three ships -- the Nina, Pinta and the Santa Maria.
Notwithstanding, David's understanding wife Hilda managed to contend with her overwrought spouse until, one day, he began to accuse her of having more affairs than a caterer and she sued him to end their marriage.
"His charges of infidelity are driving me crazy," she complained to the judge. "And I just can't take it anymore. Just the other night, he heard me mention the name of Michaelangelo .. the famous Italian painter .. while I was talking on the telephone ... and my non-intellectual husband accused me of having an affair with both of them."
"How was I supposed to know who he was," responded David with a touch of indignation. "I'm not an art critic. Besides, I'm having trouble remembering my own name these days."
IF YOU WERE THE JUDGE ...
Would you free Hilda from her suspicious husband?
THIS IS HOW THE JUDGE RULED ...
The judge held that when a person is suffering from a mental disorder 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 on a 1964 Missouri Court of Appeals decision.