Whose Trial is it Anyway?

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SACRAMENTO: An intransigent Theodore Kaczynski has forced his defense team to abandon plans to call mental health experts to testify during the guilt-or-innocence phase of the trial, according to court papers filed late Monday. The move means that reams of pre-trial documents asserting that the Unabomber suspect is schizophrenic, and unable to form the intent to kill anyone, have been set aside.

Which leaves the defense with little wriggle room. Their last best chance to avoid the death penalty may lie in a kind of Catch-22 that defense experts have already addressed: After the prosecution rejected Kaczynski's offer of a guilty plea, his only way to beat the rap is with a mental-defect defense. Who, then, but a crazy man would insist that he's sane?