The lawyer for the Ohio kidnapper Ariel Castro, who held three women captive for almost a decade, has said that his client should have been tested to see whether suicide watch was needed.
Craig Weintraub told Cleveland newspaper the Plain Dealer that he did not understand the rationale behind denying Castro the opportunity to be assessed for suicidal tendencies.
Being on suicide watch would have meant that he was checked up on every 15 minutes.
Mr Weintraub added: "He's still a human being, this is still a civilised society. There's still an obligation to prevent our inmates from committing suicide."