insanity defense

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insanity de·fense

n. defensa por demencia.
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His attorney, Richard Houser, argued Wednesday that Lotz, a 69-year-old Barrington man, qualifies for the insanity defense because he was experiencing a dissociative episode, in part triggered by post-traumatic stress disorder, when he fired four shots at his wife.
the insanity defense, and these erroneous beliefs can influence, not
The Court of Appeals of Virginia says evidence of involuntary intoxication cannot be used as a "back-door way" to prove a defendant's mental state outside of a formal insanity defense.
states to adopt laws limiting use of the insanity defense.
(9) On the one hand, when defendants have insight into their disease and "voluntarily" choose not to take medication, allowing them to plead the insanity defense seems counterintuitive.
consequently birthed The Insanity Defense Reform Act of 1984.
In Season 2, episode 15, titled "Witness for the Prosecution," Bull (Michael Weatherly) is brought on by the District Attorney "to help convict Hazel Diaz (Roma Maffia), an infamous drug dealer who murdered a police officer but has managed to avoid jail for years on an insanity defense by feigning schizophrenia," according to the episode summary.
Lengend's defense attorney, Jorge Santos, said there could have been an insanity defense, but it was tough to successfully make that type of argument.
Attorneys on both sides need to know what circumstances will trigger the insanity defense, and how the military justice system and forensic psychiatry handle this inadequately understood area of the law.
Insanity Defense Attitudes, Conditional Release, and the Law 849 II.