Man Who Shot TV Over Bristol Palin’s Dancing Preps A Mental Defect Defense

The Wisconsin man who was so upset by Bristol Palin's success on “Dancing with the Stars” that he blasted his TV set with a shotgun yesterday pleaded not guilty to criminal charges and indicated that he will mount a defense based on the claim that he has a mental disease or defect.

Steven Cowan, 67, entered the plea Tuesday during his arraignment in Dane County Circuit Court. Cowan, pictured at right, faces charges of reckless endangerment and failure to comply with law enforcement officers, both felonies. He was arrested in mid-November following a 15-hour standoff with police that began when his wife summoned cops after Cowan shot the television.

According to a criminal complaint, Cowan was angry because “a political figure’s daughter was dancing on this particular show when Steven did not think that she was a good dancer.”

Dane County Assistant District Attorney Robert Kaiser told TSG that Cowan’s use of a mental disease or defect defense would have to include proof that he suffered from a diagnosable mental disorder, and that he “wasn’t just a guy pissed off at his TV.”

Comments (16)

If Bristol was Hillary and Bill's daughter she would be deemed not only a great dancer who probably would have won this contest, she would be the greatest dancer the world has seen since King Herod's daughter danced with a head on a silver platter.
Let's see: Bristol is a high school dropout whose principal claim to fame is that she got knocked up and then - despite public comments that abstinence is not a reasonable birth control program to preach to teenagers, then became a paid shill for that very position. The Clinton's daughter, as much as you might not like it, earned an undergraduate degree from Stanford and was employed for some time by a leading consulting firm and then in investment banking before returning to school. Take a minute and tell us where she got the benefit of a no talent required gig like Bristol and then continued to be promoted where she demonstrably was the least talented choice Oh, yeah - your knowledge of Salome is remarkable. Wrong, but remarkable. Salome danced for her step-father Herod, dirty old man that he was, and as her reward asked for the head of John the Baptist She did her dance to get the head, not with it
Some people take their dancing seriously!
Begs the question: Why would shooting your own tv over being annoyed with a Palin family member result in a 15-hour standoff with cops? Dont tell me she has fans in high places. In all fairness, she isn't a good dancer..If she were employed by the local 'gentlemens' club, I would have asked the manager for my 20 dollars back and spend it on two overpriced watered-down drinks instead. And I would think someone who doesn't at least get upset over Bristol Palin dancing is the one with a mental defect..I can see how someone might not want to watch their tv after witnessing it, its not that big of a stretch when you think about it. Or he could've just changed the channel, what do I know?
*Raises the question. Begging the question is entirely different.
he also forgot his diebeetus medication.