Politics & Media
Sep 25, 2009, 10:03AM

Falling through the cracks

Is our legal system unequipped to deal with the mentally ill? The case of Isaiah Kalebu.

And a very moving Frontline documentary on similar cases, for those interested.

In March 2008, a tall, tough-looking man walked into a financial-services firm in King County and began taking notes. His name, according to court records: Isaiah M. Kalebu. He'd arrived with his pit bull, Indo, and during a break from the note-taking he informed a secretary that he was the rightful owner of the firm's building. He said he'd bought the property using proceeds from the sugar trade, but it had since been stolen from him. Then he wandered around, telling various people they were fired before making himself and Indo comfortable in the conference room.


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