Salvi’s Lawyer Uses Insanity Plea in Opening Statement

According to attorney J.W. Carney, Jr., John Salvi killed two abortion clinic workers and wounded five others because he was driven by schizophrenic delusions. Carney stressed that this case is about “not what happened, or by whom it happened, but why it happened.” However, Assistant District Attorney John Kivlan noted in his opening statement that when Salvi was arrested, police found maps in his truck detailing routes to the clinics and found that Salvi had purchased a .22-caliber assault rifle, “used primarily for killing.”

Many witnesses for the prosecution testified Wednesday, one after another identifying Salvi as the gunman. Salvi’s defense attorney did not cross-examine any witnesses.


The New York Times - February 15, 1996

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