The Defense Of Insanity Defense Essay

1073 Words Apr 26th, 2016 5 Pages
Why do we excuse the mentally ill, or even those that only claim to be in an ill state at the time of a crime? This is a question that I can not think of a single reasonable answer for. People all over America are fighting for equality every day without an actual understanding of what equality is. The same people fighting for people’s rights are also the ones protesting that we let the people go that “did not know what they were doing”. The insanity defense is a way to get out of taking responsibility for your actions. In definition it is said to be an excuse and that is exactly what it is. We should get rid of the special defense of insanity and instead apply to the mentally ill the same defenses we apply to others, defined in terms of what the offender actually thinks was happening during the instance. The general defenses, like self-defense and lack of intent, sufficiently recognize the exculpatory effect of mental illness. The insanity defense, also known as the mental disorder defense, is a defense excuse in criminal trials arguing that the defendant is not responsible for their actions due to an episodic or persistent psychiatric illness. Now if that is true why do we let people go on an insanity plea with no past background of mental illness? A mentally ill person who kills an innocent stranger because he believes the person was trying to kill him should excused, just as a sane person would be excused if he was, in reality, defending himself against an attacker. But…

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