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Is the insanity defense legitimate shane wirth
Is the Insanity Defense Legitimate?Shane Wirth

http://www.mmo-champion.com/threads/1083897-Picture-Wars!/page188

http://qatarcultureclub.blogspot.com/2011/11/act-of-violence-can-be-deviant-among.html


Background
Background

  • The M’Naghten Rules : A set of rules enacted as a reaction to the acquittal of Daniel M’Naghten.

  • Liability.

  • Difficulty of looking back at the past.

http://insanityplea.umwblogs.org/standards/the-mnaghten-rule/


Abolish the defense
Abolish the Defense!

  • Lack of evidence.

  • Socio-cultural/economic factors.

http://www.thenew-renaissanceman.com/one-flew-over-the-cuckoos-nest.html


Keep the defense
Keep the Defense!

  • Lack of mental capacity.

  • Minor laws (animal rights).

http://www.ohgizmo.com/2005/09/21/sickening-baby-escort-cages/


What is insanity
What is insanity?

  • Stance of the issue (societal bonds).

  • A fine line.

  • Pogo The Clown (jailed) and Ed Gein (institutionalized).

http://www.squidoo.com/pogo-the-clown

http://www.crimelibrary.com/serial_killers/notorious/gein/bill_1.html


What needs to happen
What needs to happen.

  • A clear distinction.

  • Prevention method (social bonds).

http://www.lesc.net/blog/power-handshake


Questions
Questions

  • The insanity defense is very popular with the media, how often do you think it actually occurs?

  • Do you think the defense should be abolished or modified?


Works cited
Works Cited

  • Whitlock, F. A. Criminal Responsibility and Mental Illness. London: Butterworths & Co. Ltd., 1963. Print.

  • Whitlock, F. A. Criminal Responsibility and Mental Illness. London: Butterworths & Co. Ltd., 1963. Print.

  • “Should the Insanity Defense be Abolished?” DebatesDebates #110. HBO studios, New York. 26 August 1996. Television.

  • Ruecker, Ronald C. “Law Enforcement Response to the Mentally Ill.” The Police Chief 75.1 Sherwood, 2008. Print.

  • http://listverse.com/2012/04/11/top-10-most-notorious-insanity-defense-cases/


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