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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How to Get Away with Murder Sky Witness, 9pm Annalise (Viola Davis, left) attempts to get Nate's father a psychiatric evaluation so they can have his murder case retried under an insanity plea.
After the trippy 13th Floor Elevators dissolved in the face of drug arrests and instability, Erickson in the early '70s entered an insanity plea to a marijuana possession charge and ended up spending some time in an institution.
Daniel Sickles was the first person in the United States to successfully use the insanity plea when he killed his wife's lover in 1859.
"Annalise (Viola Davis) and Nate (Billy Brown) try to get Nate's dad a psych evaluation so they can have his murder case retried under an insanity plea," the "It's Her Kid" synopsis teases.
changed the course of the insanity plea. (9) John Hinckley successfully
An insanity plea as a strategy for removing the stubborn chairmen raises fundamental questions about the elected leaders as it does the proponents.
Vaughan, an author, historian, and archaeologist, relates 25 cases of the insanity plea in crimes in Victorian Britain, with information on the alleged crime, insanity condition, and outcome in court.
Further magnifying the problem, most Army attorneys will never encounter an insanity plea, reducing the chances that they will have any practical experience when confronted with the issue.
The court rejected an insanity plea by Yosef Haim Ben David, saying he was fully aware of his actions at the time of the murder.He is due to be sentenced May 3.
An Israeli man was convicted on Tuesday of murdering a Palestinian teenager in Jerusalem, as a court rejected his insanity plea for a crime that helped trigger the 2014 Gaza war.