Essays Tagged: "Insanity defense"

The basic procedures of a standard American criminal trial...covers everything between indictment and sentencing.

he claim, this information cannot be held against him later in court.Another popular defense is the insanity defense. The court definition holds that "a person should not be guilty if they did not kno ... vers a lot of area, which is part of the reason for its popularity. If the defendant plans to claim insanity, he must notify, in writing, the state's attorney of his intentions, and also file a copy w ...

(11 pages) 261 1 3.4 Oct/2002

Subjects: Law & Government Essays > Law

This essay argues against the insanity plea. It gives about 5 points/arguments that prove the defense faulty, and tell that it should be abolished from court rooms.

omething extreme, like murder someone, you should not be allowed to defend yourself by reasoning of insanity. No crime, especially a murder should go uncharged which is why the insanity plea should be ... would.Granted the opponent must have some valid points and arguments, but arguments that oppose the insanity plea use much stronger and logical reasoning.One reason the insanity plea should be abolish ...

(4 pages) 171 0 3.8 Dec/2002

Subjects: Law & Government Essays > Law

The distinction between insanity, automatism and diminished responsibility in the Laws of England and Wales. Covers the M'Naghten rule which is also a dominant rule in US legal doctrine.

d crime must have a defence that falls within one of the following, legally recognised, categories: Insanity, Diminished Responsibility or Automatism. While, at one level or another, these "mental dis ... egally recognised parameters of accountability are afforded 'protection'. Amongst such defences are Insanity, Automatism and Diminished responsibility. This essay will identify the similarities and di ...

(12 pages) 132 1 4.0 Mar/2003

Subjects: Law & Government Essays > Law

Answers whether the insanity defense has a useful fuinction.

The insanity defense refers to that branch of the concept of insanity, which defines the extent to which ... ase. Due to these aforementioned factors, there are several problems raised by the existence of the insanity defense. Problems such as the actual possibility of determining mental illness, justifiable ... these problems, as well as others which will be mentioned later, lead us to the conclusion that the insanity defense is useless and should be abolished entirely.Insanity is a legal, not a medical defi ...

(5 pages) 122 0 4.0 Dec/2003

Subjects: Law & Government Essays > Law

The Insanity Defense Part I When is the insanity plea a reasonable and

The Insanity Defense Part IOutlineWhen is the insanity plea a reasonable and ethical tool?Thesis: Althou ... neWhen is the insanity plea a reasonable and ethical tool?Thesis: Although some criminals abuse the insanity plea by invoking it to escape being punished for their crimes, the insanity plea should nev ... ll be allowed for those with a documented record of mental illness.I. Background information on the insanity plea [the M'Naughten case]II. Abusing the insanity pleaIII. Importance of the insanity plea ...

(3 pages) 116 0 3.7 Oct/2004

Subjects: Law & Government Essays > Law

The Insanity Defense, "Innocent by Reason of Insanity", Should be Reformed or Abolished

In recent times, the insanity defense has been prevalent in many high profile legal battles, as well as being featured in ... ng to Jeanne Heaton, a psychologist at Ohio University (Talan 14). Criminals purposely try to plead insanity for crimes they commit to escape severe punishment. It's the 'last-ditch defense' of anyone ... itch defense' of anyone who's undeniably guilty on fact (Morse). Because of the manipulation of the insanity defense, I believe it is in serious need of reform throughout the United States, or it shou ...

(8 pages) 135 0 4.0 Nov/2004

Subjects: Social Science Essays > Controversial Issues

Critically examine and discuss the criminal law defence of insanity in relation criminal law

In criminal law, insanity is a defence that arises from a claim that the perpetrator was acting under the influence o ... elements of any crime charged against D and to disprove beyond a reasonable doubt any defence save insanity that D may raise at his trial.The legal definition of insanity stems from an 1843 case, and ... nsidered by doctors to be based on 'an entirely obsolete and misleading conception of the nature of insanity'Until recently few people pleaded insanity voluntarily as the consequences could be moreser ...

(5 pages) 64 1 4.0 Jun/2005

Subjects: Law & Government Essays > Law

Against the Insanity Defense.

The insanity defense has been used for decades to justify the crimes of those individuals found to be no ... een used for decades to justify the crimes of those individuals found to be not guilty by reason of insanity (NGRI). The use of the insanity defense is one that is surrounded in controversy and contin ... ues to be a problem for medical and law professionals across the nation. One major problem with the insanity defense is that insanity is a legal, not a medical definition. So how can one apply medical ...

(5 pages) 90 0 4.7 Nov/2005

Subjects: Law & Government Essays > Law


Insanity is a legal term, used to cover a wide ranging and frequently expanding list of mental healt ... d frequently expanding list of mental health conditions and syndromes. Webster's dictionary defines insanity as a "deranged state of mind," lacking the "mental capacity required by law" to enter into ... aw" to enter into certain agreements or "as removes one from criminal or civic responsibility." The insanity (and incompetence) defense therefore is the means by which a defendant may argue that he or ...

(20 pages) 180 1 0.0 Apr/2006

Subjects: Law & Government Essays > Law > Cases

Insanity Defense

One of the many issues that trouble the American Justice System today is that of the insanity defense. This defense has been brought in front of courts for years and has caused massive ... h begs for justice. However some look upon it as a god sent, while other feel it is the enemy. ?The insanity defense is rooted in a basic principle of justice: that it is unfair to hold persons respon ... doing; and if so should they still be punished for it? Many who share negative feelings towards the insanity defense believe that it is not a defense in the victims case but a defense to aid the perpe ...

(3 pages) 50 0 0.0 Feb/2008

Subjects: Law & Government Essays > Law

The Insanity Defense: Crazy or Not?

The article "The Insanity Defense and the Unabomber Trial" by Barbara Sarason of the University of Washington touches ... shington touches on a number of important questions for all members of our society to consider. The insanity defense is used in only approximately one percent of felony cases and succeeds only a rare ... w and Order" are more responsible for shaping the public's opinion about legal dilemmas such as the insanity defense than factual court cases. This may skew public opinion, but in many ways the same q ...

(3 pages) 38 0 5.0 Feb/2008

Subjects: Law & Government Essays > Law

Andrea Yates Trial

bad mother. She tried to use one of the most controversial excuses as her defense. This plea is the insanity defense. Many people believe that this plea is widely over used, when in fact it is very ra ... was doing while drowning her children. According to Texas law, in order for Yates to be granted the insanity plea she had to be insane to the point where she would not know right from wrong at the tim ...

(2 pages) 29 0 3.0 Mar/2008

Subjects: Social Science Essays > Psychology > Depression, Stress & Suicide

Capstone Case Brief

nited States commit crimes and make up excuses why they should not be held accountable for a crime. Insanity and temporary Insanity have significant differences. One might ask themselves “is ther ... ystem there has been many significant court decisions which address the controversy topic’s of insanity and temporary insanity as it relates to criminal procedures. One of the most significant co ...

(4 pages) 33 0 3.0 Jan/2009

Subjects: Law & Government Essays

Insanity and Consent

1CRIMES -1 ASSIGNMENTINSANITY AND CONSENT: A COMPARITIVE ANALYSISSUBMITTED TO,DR. BALAKRISHNANASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, NUALSS ... BALAKRISHNANASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, NUALSSUBMITTED BY ,AKASH RADHAKRISHNAN831, IInd SEM, NUALSCONTENTSInsanity - an overview 4 Section 84 4 Situations were the section can be invoked 5 History of Insani ... to study and draw a comparitive analysis between two defences against criminal liabilty. One being insanity, and the other consent. Both the topics will be dealt separately and will include the histo ...

(25 pages) 6 0 0.0 May/2014

Subjects: Law & Government Essays > Law