An insanity defense is never easy, even when raised to explain a single violent incident, like a defendant attacking a stranger because voices in his head tell him the victim is a dangerous space alien.
So Robert D. Monroe, an insurance professional from Shorewood, may face a real challenge in convincing a judge that his mental condition was to blame for him voting illegally in five elections over the course of two years.
Monroe, 51, was originally charged in 2014 with 13 felony counts and pleaded no contest Monday to six of them. Each is punishable by up to 18 months in prison.
Monroe cast two ballots in the April 2011 Supreme Court election, two in the August 2011 recall election of state Sen. Alberta Darling, five in the recall election of Gov. Scott Walker, one illegal ballot in an August 2012 primary and two ballots in the November 2012 presidential election.
In the presidential election, Monroe cast an in-person absentee ballot in Shorewood on Nov. 1 and drove a rental car to Lebanon, Ind., where he showed his Indiana driver’s license to vote in person on election day, Nov. 6.
It’s just too bad this Republican won’t take responsibility for his illegal actions, instead of attempting to game the legal system by pleading insanity.