Originally Posted by Donald E. Pauly
Unlike the Steele cheerleaders on this thread, you make many good points and are a worthy opponent. You fail to see the forest for the trees however. Let's take a shortcut on the reasoning process.
Suppose that Steele took his clothes off and danced naked in front of the jury. (The U.S. Marshalls were unprepared and too dumbfounded to stop him in time.) Would that be evidence to you that he was insane? Once you answer that question we are well on the way to solving this case.
But he didn't. However:
It would depend on other things whether I thought he was insane for dancing starkers in the courtroom. He could, from that, be insane. Or he could be setting the stage for himself to be declared insane.
I would need to know how he acted in other situations, when the officials weren't watching him and there was nobody he needed to convince. That's why I considered the fact that his wife, family, and more importantly, his own demeanour, don't appear to indicate there was anything wrong with him.