Three Legal Standards Of Insanity Case Study

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1. Explain how the three legal standards for insanity differ from each other. Research each of them and explain how they are different. Also, how many states have completely abolished the insanity defense? Why do you think that is?
The three legal standards of insanity are the M’Naghten Rule, the Brawner Rule, and the Durham Rule. The M’Naghten Rule was introduced in 1843. It requires that it must be proven, with no doubt, that the person who committed the crime, was not able to understand what they were doing at the time they were doing the act. Or, if they were aware of what they were doing, they must not have been able to understand that it was wrong. The Brawner Rule was introduced in 1972. This rule is different because it states
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He was born to an alcoholic mother. It is proven that being subjected to alcohol as a fetus can cause issues with violent and aggressive behavior (Bartol & Bartol, 2014). After completing the Hare PCL Checklist, I was able to score Kenneth Bianchi with a score of 32. I gave him a 2 on everything except for many short-term marital relationships, juvenile delinquency, and revocation of conditional release. I could not find any information that he had been married, in trouble with the law as a juvenile, had early behavioral issue, or had ever been on bail conditions. After reading his biography, it was easy to see that he did demonstrate the presence of the other points. He was a liar, had no empathy, and poor behavioral control. He demonstrated that he had criminal versatility because he also set up a psychology business with fake certificates. He also attempted to fake his mental state and caused the longest criminal trial. He was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison (Biography.com Editors, …show more content…
Most of his victims were elder women who lived alone. Albert was in trouble with the law when he was younger. He spent 18 months in jail for sexual deviant behavior. He was raised in a home with an alcoholic father who abused his mother. He married one woman and had two children with her. His wife described him to have a very active sexual appetite. The women he killed were found naked with their legs spread in a very uncaring manner. Albert DeSalvo confessed to the killings and was able to describe the homes of the victims. He believed he could convince psychiatrists he was insane and profit off a book about his killings. In 1973, he was killed in prison. In 2001 his body was exhumed and DNA proved he did not kill one of his victims. After Albert was arrested, there were no further killings (Biography.com Editors,

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