You ask a tough question. When mental health enters the situation, the waters get murky. With mental health laws in many states, you may see the problem, but that does not mean that you can do anything about it. When a person is committed, they are often in treatment for a period of time, yet they still have the choice of whether or not to take their medications and follow treatment protocol. That raises the question of whether the person prescribing mind altering medications be held responsible for the actions of their patients. When the mentally ill act out, there are often questions about who is to blame or what is to blame. Is it the parent, those friends closest to them, the physician who prescribed the mind-altering chemicals, the television/video games/movies, the social environment in which they live, the mentally ill person or the laws which often protect or interfere depending on what the issue is?
In the case of Adam L., there is the frustration of not knowing who to blame. There are also many unanswered questions as well, like why he had his brother's ID, when his brother claimed not having seen Adam for a while, how a police officer lived next door to his mother, yet nothing was done in terms of getting help, why his brother is still in custody or why, or who prescribed his medications,...Until these questions and many others are addressed, we will not know who the real person to blame is. You can make Adam the scapegoat, but that is only taking a short-cut that avoids many pertinent questions that need answering before assigning blame with a clear conscience.