Defending Mr. Juneau Case Study

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Defending Mr. Juneau
Background Information
On the day in question, Mr. Juneau was caught up in several mishaps but because of certain conditions, he shouldn’t be held liable for any of them. Three crimes committed, which included the following:
• Possession of Nutria- an endangered species- with the intent to distribute;
• Theft of gas; and
• The murder of the neighbor.
All three can be considered very serious offenses and therefore must be thoroughly reviewed so that it can be proven that Mr. Juneau isn’t guilty. Our defense will be that Mr. Juneau is not guilty due to diminished capacity. A diminished capacity defense allows for lessening of a guilty verdict based on the defendant 's mental impairment. His intellectual insanity has been
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Juneau because he did not have the mens rea to do so. This defense is based on the belief that mentally ill people should be treated for their illness not just sent to prison. By allowing us to raise this defense for this charge, we can claim that he lacked the mental capacity to realize that leaving the ladder where it was charged for electrocution, which is what was ultimately what killed the neighbor. The neighbor is more at fault here than anyone. As owner of the ladder, he must have been able to use it frequently and should have understood that it was necessary to check its location for safe removal and …show more content…
Juneau has lived a mostly secluded life. Because of this, testing his mental capacity hasn’t been a priority for anyone to document. With that being said, it may be a hard fought defense to try to get the State to allow Mr. Juneau to use mental illness as his primary defense against these crimes. The truth about the insanity defense in America is that it is difficult to plead, seldom used and almost never successful. But in that small number of cases where it is successful, it is sometimes manipulated or abused in a way that often grabs headlines and captures the imagination of the public. Ultimately, only a jury can decide the issue of insanity, which in itself may be the most controversial aspect about the insanity defense. In other words, people who have no training in the field, rarely come into contact with the mentally ill and have a minimal understanding of the issues involved, make legal, long-lasting judgments that are frequently based on shifting

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