What is your view on the insanity defense Should we hold mentally ill criminals fully responsible for all of their actions What about battered woman who kill their husbands
The legal definition of insanity requires that at the time of the commission of the act in question, the defendant, as a result of severe mental disease or defect, was unable to appreciate the quality or wrongfulness of his acts.
The issue of insanity applies to the mental state of the defendant at the time at which the crime was committed. The defendant must concede guilt when the decision to enter the insanity plea is made. He/She is saying, “Yes, I committed this act, but I was so mentally impaired at the time as to not know right from wrong or what I was doing.” The defendant must be competent to stand trial to enter this plea. And, finally, the defendant must prove profound defect of mental ability. Also, the illness must be directly related to the crime. You cant plead insanity if you mental defect in no way influenced the criminal action. A compulsive hand washer cannot use that illness as an excuse
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