I have a lot of personal experience with Asperger's, but I don't see any problem with this guy getting 18 weeks. It's 4 months., he'll be out in 2. There's no excusing the kind of behaviour he was involved in. It's the extreme example of the kind of mindless comment droppers I come across online.
Perhaps if it wasn't so pervasive among people who can 'control' their negativity, then individuals like Sean Duffy might not get to such extremes.
There is a great lack of understanding about Asperger's, and I definitely think that it had no place as a defence argument in this case. It was just a ploy by his defence team, and it was used at the expense of AS individuals everywhere. This behaviour is not
typical, or even common among aspies. The comment that I took most offence to was actually the woman with two Autistic boys. Despite claiming to be an authority on the subject she makes the mistake of equating Classic Autism with Asperger's.
There is a condition which afflicts many people with Aspergers Syndrome (a condition were people have no comprehension of Irony or emotion) ..., called 'Oppositional Behaviour'. Sean Duffy clearly displays this condition.
Someone with AS may have difficulty with irony and emotion but they are generally able to learn what comes instinctively to neuro-typical people (everyone else). She then falsely claims that many with AS have 'Oppositional Behaviour' problems. This is just not true.
To me this is a triple tragedy. First there are the kids who died, then the grief of their families and friends watching the memorials being attacked, and finally there are the tens of thousands of aspies (diagnosis is on the rise, for no other reason than it is now better understood and it's prevalence is more widespread than previously known) who will feel the backlash of negative stories like this when they have a difficult enough time integrating as it is.
The only silver lining is that the culprit is going to jail. Perhaps it will send a message to that mass of trolls who still think their bedroom door shields them from any responsibility.