insanity plea

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Noun1.insanity plea - (criminal law) a plea in which the defendant claims innocence due to mental incompetence at the time
criminal law - the body of law dealing with crimes and their punishment
plea - (law) a defendant's answer by a factual matter (as distinguished from a demurrer)
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The third suspect has had his verdict delayed after a last minute insanity plea.
The court determined unequivocally today that the three defendants committed the barbaric crime of abducting an innocent person only because of his origin, and burning him alive," said state prosecutor Uri Korb, vowing to contest any insanity plea.
The Central Criminal Court jury took about 30 minutes to reach its decision, having been told by prosecuting counsel Pat McGrath, SC, the insanity plea was not contested.
6) Despite these perceptions, most cases that involve an insanity plea are not for murder charges (7) and are cases in which the evidence of mental illness is so overwhelming that the prosecution does not contest the insanity plea.
McCollum was found guilty and sentenced to death at her first trial but later avoided execution by winning an insanity plea.
The fraudulent use of the insanity plea or other excusing psychiatric escapes from legal responsibility by defendants continues unabated, and it is helpful to look at some recent cases illustrating its arrant misuse.
His lawyers have repeatedly said he is mentally ill, but they delayed the insanity plea while arguing state laws were unconstitutional.
Holmes' lawyers have repeatedly said he is mentally ill, but delayed the insanity plea while arguing that state laws were unconstitutional.
The judge said that he found Holmes understanding the effects and consequences of the not guilty by reason of insanity plea, adding that he was looking at the advisement and appeared to be following along, the report said.
accepted the insanity plea Tuesday, the Associated Press (https://twitter.
After spending two years and eight months in jail, she takes an insanity plea and ends up in a mental institution even though she is not mentally ill.