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?
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.