Two people are charged with embezzlement, allegedly stealing $5 million from Aviva, an Iowa based insurance company. The defense seemed to be arguing the women would plead guilty to the crimes, which from the news story they later did plead to; each faced between 25 and 40 years maximum sentence. Now here is the kicker that I don't quite get, the mind numbing intellectualization of the law: The defense implied they would argue that because of "mental challenges" the sentences each receives should be lessened. How can a person who can figure out how to steal millions of dollars from an insurance company have any significant mental challenges? If you're smart enough to steal millions of dollars and to do an end-run on accounting checks-and-balances, you can't be very mentally challenged.  Morally challenged maybe, but mentally challenged? This seems like an oxymoron. 
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