Tree branch madman is sent to psych ward

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A weirdo who waged a one-man war against trees in Crown Heights and Prospect Heights was declared unfit for trial on Friday — and will spend up to a year in the madhouse before he’ll be re-evaluated.

The Supreme Court ruling means that arbor-assailant Steven Maynard, who was arrested in July after a reign of terror that caused about $200,000 in damage to street trees, will be transferred to a state psychiatric hospital this week, and will held and treated for up to a year.

After that period, he’ll be evaluated to determine whether he is mentally fit to stand trial, or needs additional treatment.

Updated 5:20 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Clara from Windsor Terrace says:
Madman? Weirdo? Madhouse? Must you talk about the mentally ill that way? This man is clearly troubled and it does no one (and no tree) any good by mocking him and ridiculing the mentally ill.
Sept. 27, 2010, 10:09 am
DG from Boerum Hill says:
I'm with Clara. You can dismiss the concern as one of "political correctness," but the larger point is that you don't need to be exploitative with your language. The same applies to sensationalizing suicide stories for example (one comes to mind)... I understand the temptation to write grabby or cute headlines, and the corresponding attention that might bring, but please exercise discretion/journalistic good judgment.
Sept. 27, 2010, 8:57 pm
ML from Bay Ridge says:
yeah, can't you do better then that?
I agree with Clara and DG.
Sept. 28, 2010, 6:43 pm

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