Thanks to Ian in the UK for passing on this link on the military computer hack/extradition case. I haven't had enough time to digest the whole case which brings up lots of issues regarding Asperger's, the law, accomodations, and the line between personal responsibility and "deserved" punishment. My original reaction, though, is that people in general are quick to use punishment to "correct" what they don't like in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and that punishment, as B.F. Skinner told us long ago in "Beyond Freedom and Dignity" is rarely effective. It is non-educational, aversive, and usually produces escape and avoidance, rather than real learning. I'm a well trained behaviorist who understands the limitations of negative approaches to teaching...and people with ASD's in particular need lots of reinforcement since their individual contingency histories are replete with punishment...which has failed to be of help to anyone.