insanity defense

The Constitution of the United States guarantees many different rights to us when we stand accused of a crime. One of these is the protection against cruel and unusual punishment. Attorneys representing an Idaho man say that this right is violated when a defendant is not allowed to use an insanity plea and they are […]

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What is an Insanity Defense?

by dave on March 16, 2010

in Criminal Justice

We see it on television all the time: “Not guilty by reason of insanity” a judge thunderously booms from the bench, smashing his gavel down and allowing someone suspected of a heinous crime to walk away. But just how common is this in real life and what does it take to be considered legally insane? […]

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