*  Amy Bishop's Lawyer to Plead Insanity Defense for Alleged University of Alabama Shooter Who Is Likely Schizophrenic - ABC News

... says her lawyer who will plead an insanity defense. ... To use an insanity defense, her lawyers would have to prove ... It is unclear how an insanity defense might play out with an Alabama jury if Bishop is tried on capital murder charges. ... "I think mental illness is a real logical defense," said Judith Armstrong, who lives next door to Bishop and Anderson on ...

*  Insanity Defense Possible for Fake Teen Doctor in Florida - NBC Bay Area

... to be a doctor and stealing money from an elderly patient is being delayed so his attorney can consider an insanity defense. ... Insanity Defense Possible for Fake Teen Doctor in Florida. He claims to have a doctorate from the Universal Life Church, which ... Attorney Leonard Feuer says a recent mental health evaluation of his 19-year-old client has him considering an insanity defense ... to be a doctor and stealing money from an elderly patient is being delayed so his attorney can consider an insanity defense. ...

*  Man charged with trying to kill wife will use insanity defense - *GJ FOSTERS NEWS - fosters.com - Dover, NH

... will be depending on the defense of insanity during his upcoming trial.Desjardins has been indicted on charges of first-degree ... will be depending on the defense of insanity during his upcoming trial.. Desjardins has been indicted on charges of first- ... Desjardins recently filed a notice at Rockingham County Superior Court stating his intentions to use the insanity defense. She ... Desjardins will have the choice of whether he wants one verdict based on his new defense or if he would like to bifurcate, or ...

*  Insanity defense muddles case - tribunedigital-baltimoresun

Though separate psychiatric reports reached conflicting conclusions, prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed with a June ... report from doctors at the Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center that determined Neiman was unable to assist in his defense. ...

*  The Insanity Defense Among the States - FindLaw

... do not allow the insanity defense. In other states, the standards for proving this defense vary widely. The ... The following provides the status of the insanity defense in each jurisdiction. See The Insanity Defense: History and ... Free Evaluation from a Criminal Defense Attorney. The insanity defense has been a hot topic of discussion among lawyers and ... In other states, the standards for proving this defense vary widely. States that do allow the insanity defense use one (or a ...

*  John Hinckley Trial: 1982 - Stalking Gunman Fires Six Shots, Just How Mad? - Defense, Insanity, Guilty, and Attorneys -...

But the outrage caused by this trial brought into question the very existence of insanity as a defense. ... Verdict: Not guilty by reason of insanity. SIGNIFICANCE: The insanity plea has always been a gray area with lawyer and ... Chief Defense Lawyers: Lon Babby, Gregory Craig, Vincent Fuller, and Judith Miller. Chief Prosecutors: Roger Adelman and Robert ... a foregone conclusion-until the defense attorneys announced their intention to enter a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity ...

*  Mom Accused of Drowning Girl Wins With Insanity Defense; Now, Can She Re-Enter Society? - ABC News

... drowning her 3-year-old daughter walked away a free woman this past week after she was found not guilty by reason of insanity ... Mom Accused of Drowning Girl Wins With Insanity Defense; Now, Can She Re-Enter Society?. * By Christina Lopez ... Bigham was found not guilty of murder and child abuse by reason of insanity on Jan. 22 after her daughter was drowned in a ... Yates was acquitted in 2006 after jurors found her not guilty by reason of insanity. She was admitted to Kerrville State ...

*  Ex-astronaut Nowak may use insanity defense - Technology & science - Space - Human spaceflight | NBC News

Former astronaut Lisa Nowak could pursue a temporary insanity defense on charges that she assaulted and tried to kidnap a ... defense attorney Donald Lykkebak wrote in his notice of intent to rely on the insanity defense. ... Ex-astronaut Nowak may use insanity defense Attorney says his client suffered from depression, 'brief psychotic disorder' Below ... Circuit Court Judge Marc L. Lubet unsealed the notice of intent to rely on the insanity defense on Tuesday. Florida law ...

*  Holmes' lawyers blast Colorado's insanity defense laws - CNN

... for James Holmes indicated in court documents made public Friday that their client may plead not guilty by reason of insanity. ... Lawyers for James Holmes ask a judge to rule that parts of the state's insanity defense laws are unconstitutional. ... Lawyers for James Holmes, the Aurora, Colorado, mass shooting suspect, took aim against the state's insanity defense laws in ... The lawyers asked the judge to rule that parts of the state's insanity defense laws are unconstitutional ...

*  Linn County man wins new murder trial, can use insanity defense

You are here: Home / Crime & Courts / Linn County man wins new murder trial, can use insanity defense ... The judge ruled there was not enough evidence to submit an insanity defense to the jury. The Court of Appeals ruled there is ... Linn County man wins new murder trial, can use insanity defense. May 3, 2017. By Dar Danielson ... saying the jury should be able to consider an insanity defense.. Nicholas Luerkens was convicted by a jury of first-degree ...

*  U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Arizona's Insanity Defense Law | Page 11 | Arizona Attorney General

By a 6-3 vote, the Court rejected Clark's challenge of Arizona's insanity defense and other restrictions in Arizona law ... U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Arizona's Insanity Defense Law (Phoenix, Ariz. - June 29, 2006) The United States Supreme Court ... The case marks the first major ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on insanity defense laws since many states, including Arizona, ... By a 6-3 vote, the Court rejected Clark's challenge of Arizona's insanity defense and other restrictions in Arizona law ...

*  Chris Kyle Trial: Vets Fear Insanity Defense Will Grow PTSD Stigma - NBC News

... some veterans and PTSD doctors fear an insanity defense will stigmatize ex-military members. ... Jurors tend to be skeptical of insanity defenses, including those in a case involving a combat vet with PTSD, Sario said. ... Chris Kyle Trial: Vets Fear Insanity Defense Will Grow PTSD Stigma. by Bill Briggs ... have asked prospective jurors whether they would consider an insanity defense. Moments after the 2013 shootings of Kyle and a ...

*  FROM MY FILES: How Fair Is The Insanity Defense? - Pete Earley

I am guessing it may be more realistic to reform the insanity defense, than to tackle the death penalty. In a largely Christian ... This also would cut back on having attorneys using the insanity defense when their client is obviously guilty and they don't ... FROM MY FILES: How Fair Is The Insanity Defense?. by Pete Earley *. ... Yet, we are still basing our insanity laws on antiquated information. The courts need to re-think the definition of insanity. ( ...

*  Insanity defense may be used in Nashua murder trial | New Hampshire

Under law, the defense has 30 days from the arraignment date to announce whether it intends to utilize an insanity defense, ... attorney Timothy Landry said Monday that he will rely on an insanity defense. Duane Rolfe, who has been held without bail since ... Less than two weeks after Duane Rolfe's arrest, a competency evaluation was sought by the defense's legal team. Dr. Philip ... She ordered that the defense submit its competency evaluation report by May 7, and that the state issue its competency ...

*  Sharpsville suspect plans insanity defense | WKBN.com

Sharpsville suspect plans insanity defense. By WKBN Staff Published: June 6, 2014, 6:31 am. Updated: June 6, 2014, 4:44 pm. ... 2 thoughts on "Sharpsville suspect plans insanity defense" Leave a Reply Cancel reply. Enter your comment here.... ... According to the Sharon Herald, Justin DelFratte, 30, is planning a temporary insanity defense. His attorney requested the ...

*  HEALTH January February 1993 Magazine BREAST CANCER Scott Baldwin's Insanity Defense BIRTHMARKS

... ... By Reason of Insanity - Footbal Hero Scott Baldwin's psychotic plea after battering a Nebraska woman. Sick Buildings. 1992 ...

*  Plea of insanity legal definition of plea of insanity

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*  483 F2d 1031 Bruce v. W J Estelle | OpenJurist

When the defense of insanity has been properly invoked, the law requires proof beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused was ... McNicholas, was dismissed apparently because he insisted that Bruce should enter a plea of insanity in defense of the charge ... 1970); Oliver, Remarks, Panel on Recognizing and Determining Mental Competency to Stand Trial-Insanity as a Defense, 37 F. R.D ... Even though Bruce's father was instrumental in preventing the assertion of an insanity defense, he had been principally ...

*  Circa (The United States)'s review of The Insanity Defense: The Complete Prose

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*  Star Trek (2009) / Headscratchers - TV Tropes

Also, does Vulcan and Earth not have any sort of planetary defense? I remember they got Earth's defense code or something, but ... And yet, Nero still goes and blames it all on Spock but then as his plot motivation amounts to insanity that makes about as ... On top of that, just how many people did Starfleet lose in the defense of Vulcan? It probably wiped out an entire generation of ... Even if they weren't, their defenses were so useless anyway that I don't see Spock having a problem with lowering them to get ...

*  Disingenuous Media Reaction

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*  The Far Traveler: January 2015

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*  Double-Murder Defendant claims Insanity Defense | crimcourts : A Criminal Law Blog

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*  Context: College of Arts and Sciences

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*  Jennifer Lawrence's Edgy Waves: Get The Look - Hollywood Life

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(1/30) Mental illness: psychiatry's phlogiston.

In physics, we use the same laws to explain why airplanes fly, and why they crash. In psychiatry, we use one set of laws to explain sane behaviour, which we attribute to reasons (choices), and another set of laws to explain insane behaviour, which we attribute to causes (diseases). God, man's idea of moral perfection, judges human deeds without distinguishing between sane persons responsible for their behaviour and insane persons deserving to be excused for their evil deeds. It is hubris to pretend that the insanity defence is compassionate, just, or scientific. Mental illness is to psychiatry as phlogiston was to chemistry. Establishing chemistry as a science of the nature of matter required the recognition of the non-existence of phlogiston. Establishing psychiatry as a science of the nature of human behaviour requires the recognition of the non-existence of mental illness.  (+info)

(2/30) Actions, causes, and psychiatry: a reply to Szasz.

In a recent paper, it was argued forcefully by Thomas Szasz that it is crucial to the scientific credibility of psychiatry that it abandon talk of the behaviour of the mentally "ill" in terms of causes: such behaviour is not caused by their condition--it simply has reasons, which are discounted by the medical model. It is argued in this paper that Szasz's theory is incomplete for two reasons: first, in assuming that reasons are radically different from causes, it cannot account for the possibility that "sane" behaviour might be just as much caused as "insane"; and second, it tacitly assumes that the origin of behaviour always lies with the agent--a view that arguably is an accident of grammar. Hence while there is no mental illness, this is because there is nothing that could be ill--and this means that there is no such thing as mental "health" either.  (+info)

(3/30) "Idiots, infants, and the insane": mental illness and legal incompetence.

Prior to the second world war, most persons confined in insane asylums were regarded as legally incompetent and had guardians appointed for them. Today, most persons confined in mental hospitals (or treated involuntarily, committed to outpatient treatment) are, in law, competent; nevertheless, in fact, they are treated as if they were incompetent. Should the goal of mental health policy be providing better psychiatric services to more and more people, or the reduction and ultimate elimination of the number of persons in the population treated as mentally ill?  (+info)

(4/30) Secular humanism and "scientific psychiatry".

The Council for Secular Humanism identifies Secular Humanism as a "way of thinking and living" committed to rejecting authoritarian beliefs and embracing "individual freedom and responsibility ... and cooperation." The paradigmatic practices of psychiatry are civil commitment and insanity defense, that is, depriving innocent persons of liberty and excusing guilty persons of their crimes: the consequences of both are confinement in institutions ostensibly devoted to the treatment of mental diseases. Black's Law Dictionary states: "Every confinement of the person is an 'imprisonment,' whether it be in a common prison, or in private house, or in the stocks, or even by forcibly detaining one in the public streets." Accordingly, I maintain that Secular Humanism is incompatible with the principles and practices of psychiatry.  (+info)

(5/30) The rhetorician's craft, distinctions in science, and political morality.

In his response to Szasz' Secular Humanism and Scientific Psychiatry, the author considers the use of rhetorical devices in Szasz' work, Szasz' avoidance of acknowledging psychiatry's scientific distinctions, and Szaszian libertarianism versus liberalism.  (+info)

(6/30) Alcoholism and homicide with respect to the classification systems of Lesch and Cloninger.

AIMS: Worldwide criminal statistics show a disproportionately high incidence of violent offences committed under the influence of alcohol. A psychopathological subtyping of alcohol dependence in offenders who committed homicide has mainly been related to impulsive and dissocial personalities up to now. METHODS: In an investigation on 48 alcohol-dependent offenders who committed homicide, a subtyping according to the multidimensional classification systems of Lesch and Cloninger has now been conducted for the first time. RESULTS: In Lesch's classification, there was a high incidence of homicides committed by type II and type III subjects with the comorbidity anxiety and cyclothymia. While type III offenders were more often repeat offenders, there was a remarkably high rate of first offenders among type II subjects (Chi-squared test; chi(2) = 30.0, df = 3, P < 0.001). With respect to Lesch's typology, the blood alcohol concentrations did differ significantly in the group of offenders (Kruskal-Wallis, chi(2) = 18.3, df = 3, P < 0.001), whereas the blood alcohol concentration of type II offenders at the time of offence was significantly lower than in type III offenders (Mann-Whitney-U, Z = -3.47; P = 0.001). Regarding to the Cloninger's typology, no significant differences in the aforementioned parameters could be found. DISCUSSION: An excessive noradrenergic reaction of anxiety offenders with initial withdrawal is discussed as a possible explanatory model.  (+info)

(7/30) The impossible dialogue between psychiatry and the judicial system: a language problem.

The interface between psychiatry and law is complex and has the potential for gross misunderstanding. Each discipline has its own concerns with regard to the psychiatric patient, and there is a significant language gap between the two disciplines. The language of the medical discipline describes the patient's state on a continuum that ranges from extremely ill to completely healthy. The judicial language, on the other hand, is a binary language: the patient is either competent or incompetent, either dangerous or not dangerous. This article describes three potential areas for discourse in the Israeli context: involuntary hospitalization, criminal responsibility and legal representation of involuntarily hospitalized patients. The two systems can be complementary only if both sides make a serious effort to communicate and respect each other's principles and language.  (+info)

(8/30) Criminal responsibility in Asperger's syndrome.

BACKGROUND: Asperger's syndrome (AS) has been of much interest in the last two decades. Most people with AS are law abiding and are not involved in any violence. Over the years, however, there is increasing evidence of violent behavior and criminal acts committed by some people with AS. The characteristics of the link between AS and violation of the law requires identification and definition and the question regarding the criminal responsibility to be attributed to these offenders needs to be clarified. DATA: We present three cases that illustrate how the special characteristics of this syndrome and particularly the inability to assess social situations and appreciate others' point of view constitute the main cause for the violent behavior and the criminal offences. For this specific behavior, the AS patients lack the criminal intent or the intent to cause harm (mens rea), which is essential for criminal responsibility. Thus it is reasonable to consider some AS sufferers not criminally responsible for their actions and unfit to stand trial. This approach has been accepted by the courts. CONCLUSION: It can be inferred that people with AS may not be criminally responsible despite not suffering from a psychotic illness.  (+info)



reason of insanity

  • An acquitted by reason of insanity verdict is allowed. (findlaw.com)
  • With the abortive assassination having been captured on videotape and replayed endlessly on television, Hinckley's trial was expected to be a foregone conclusion-until the defense attorneys announced their intention to enter a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. (jrank.org)
  • The case marks the first major ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on insanity defense laws since many states, including Arizona, made them more restrictive following John Hinckley's acquittal by reason of insanity in the 1981 shooting of President Ronald Reagan. (azag.gov)
  • But if a person is acquitted by reason of insanity, execution is not an option. (thefreedictionary.com)

Defendant

  • Under Florida law, a defendant pleading insanity must prove he or she did not understand their actions or the consequences, or didn't know they were doing anything wrong. (nbcnews.com)
  • Attorneys for defendant Eddie Ray Routh, an Iraq War veteran, have asked prospective jurors whether they would consider an insanity defense . (nbcnews.com)
  • Under the test for cognitive insanity, a defendant must have been so impaired by a mental disease or defect at the time of the act that he or she did not know the nature or quality of the act, or, if the defendant did know the nature or quality of the act, he or she did not know that the act was wrong. (thefreedictionary.com)
  • A defense of irresistible impulse asserts that the defendant, although able to distinguish right from wrong at the time of the act, suffered from a mental disease or defect that made him or her incapable of controlling her or his actions. (thefreedictionary.com)
  • Generally, the defense is available to a criminal defendant if the judge instructs the jury that it may consider whether the defendant was insane when the crime was committed. (thefreedictionary.com)
  • When invoking insanity as a defense, a defendant is required to notify the prosecution. (thefreedictionary.com)

criminal defendants

  • She said criminal defendants have a certain period of time after pleading not guilty when they can submit their paperwork for the defense to the court. (fosters.com)
  • The insanity defense is used by criminal defendants. (thefreedictionary.com)
  • The vast majority of states allow criminal defendants to invoke the cognitive insanity defense. (thefreedictionary.com)

verdict

  • Desjardins will have the choice of whether he wants one verdict based on his new defense or if he would like to bifurcate, or divide the issues of the crimes and his mental state, according to Morrell. (fosters.com)
  • The state has abolished the insanity defense, although a guilty but insane verdict is allowed. (findlaw.com)
  • In other states, the defense is either accepted or rejected in the verdict of the judge or jury. (thefreedictionary.com)
  • Even if evidence of insanity does not win a verdict of not guilty, the sentencing court may consider it as a mitigating factor. (thefreedictionary.com)

plea

  • The insanity plea has always been a gray area with lawyer and layperson alike, difficult to plead, often difficult to accept. (jrank.org)

jury

  • It is unclear how an insanity defense might play out with an Alabama jury if Bishop is tried on capital murder charges. (go.com)
  • The Iowa Court of Appeals has ordered a new trial for a Linn County man convicted of murder, saying the jury should be able to consider an insanity defense. (radioiowa.com)
  • The judge ruled there was not enough evidence to submit an insanity defense to the jury. (radioiowa.com)

prove

  • To use an insanity defense, her lawyers would have to prove that Bishop lacked the capacity to know right from wrong. (go.com)
  • In this respect they were greatly aided by Judge Barrington Parker's decision to hear the case under federal procedural rules, which meant that the prosecution would bear the burden of proving Hinckley's sanity beyond a reasonable doubt, whereas, under local rule, the onus would have fallen on the defense attorneys prove their client insane. (jrank.org)

murder

  • But PTSD arising from recent combat has been used as a legal defense for murder. (nbcnews.com)

Florida

  • The trial of a Florida teenager accused of pretending to be a doctor and stealing money from an elderly patient is being delayed so his attorney can consider an insanity defense. (nbcbayarea.com)
  • At a Florida court hearing on defense motions Friday, Nowak apologized to Shipman. (nbcnews.com)

trial

  • BRENTWOOD - Aaron Desjardins, the Epping man who is charged with slashing his ex-wife's throat and trying to incinerate her body, will be depending on the defense of insanity during his upcoming trial. (fosters.com)
  • But the outrage caused by this trial brought into question the very existence of insanity as a defense. (jrank.org)
  • Among hundreds of thousands of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans living with PTSD , some openly worry that a weighty trial built on an insanity defense will reignite PTSD's social stigma. (nbcnews.com)
  • Persons who are incompetent to stand trial are held in a mental institution until they are considered capable of participating in the proceedings.The insanity defense also should be kept separate from issues concerning mental retardation. (thefreedictionary.com)

establish

  • I am pleased the Court recognized the authority of Arizona's and other states' Legislatures to establish the requirements for an insanity defense," Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard said. (azag.gov)

court

  • According to Senior Assistant Attorney General Susan Morrell, Desjardins recently filed a notice at Rockingham County Superior Court stating his intentions to use the insanity defense. (fosters.com)
  • ORLANDO, Fla. - Former astronaut Lisa Nowak could pursue a temporary insanity defense on charges that she assaulted and tried to kidnap a romantic rival, according to a court document released Tuesday. (nbcnews.com)
  • Kepler Funk, an attorney for Shipman, said Tuesday that the defense discussed the notice with prosecutors before the hearing, and that it should have been brought up in court. (nbcnews.com)
  • Circuit Court Judge Marc L. Lubet unsealed the notice of intent to rely on the insanity defense on Tuesday. (nbcnews.com)
  • By a 6-3 vote, the Court rejected Clark's challenge of Arizona's insanity defense and other restrictions in Arizona law regarding the use of mental illness evidence in criminal cases. (azag.gov)

courts

  • The courts need to re-think the definition of insanity. (peteearley.com)
  • Most states regulate the defense with statutes, but a few states allow the courts to craft the rules for its proper use. (thefreedictionary.com)
  • Complete madness' was first established as a defense to criminal charges by the common-law courts in late-thirteenth-century England. (thefreedictionary.com)

legal

  • Later Tuesday, a spokeswoman for Nowak's legal team said the notice of intent didn't necessarily mean the insanity defense would be invoked. (nbcnews.com)
  • Will post-traumatic stress syndrome become the legal defense for murdering the "American Sniper" - a man who helped other veterans battle the same affliction? (nbcnews.com)

laws

  • Yet, we are still basing our insanity laws on antiquated information. (peteearley.com)

understand

  • Also vital to understand, Croft said: Insanity is not a medical term. (nbcnews.com)
  • I suspect that the public often doesn't understand a key point in insanity cases. (peteearley.com)

History

  • See The Insanity Defense: History and Background to learn more. (findlaw.com)

allow

client

  • Attorney Leonard Feuer says a recent mental health evaluation of his 19-year-old client has him considering an insanity defense. (nbcbayarea.com)

attorney

  • Nowak suffered from major depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, insomnia and "brief psychotic disorder with marked stressors," defense attorney Donald Lykkebak wrote in his notice of intent to rely on the insanity defense. (nbcnews.com)

person

  • A defense asserted by an accused in a criminal prosecution to avoid liability for the commission of a crime because, at the time of the crime, the person did not appreciate the nature or quality or wrongfulness of the acts. (thefreedictionary.com)
  • Under that test, the insanity defense was available to a person who was 'totally deprived of his understanding and memory so as not to know what he [was] doing, no more than an infant, a brute, or a wild beast' (Feigl 1995, 161). (thefreedictionary.com)