The insanity defense has been popularized by television shows and real coverage of trials. Because of this there is a great deal of misinformation about the insanity defense. The insanity defense is a controversial topic partly because of what constitutes an insanity defense. The term insanity is a legal term rather than an actual psychological term or disorder. This paper will discuss some of the history of the insanity defense
, notable cases, and finally issues with the insanity defense.
The insanity defense is employed in court by individuals that are or claim to be suffering from a mental disorder
. The term is a legal concept that establishes that a person cannot be convicted of a crime
if they lacked criminal responsibility by reason