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    Insanity Defense

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    This brief paper aims to support that the legal defense of an “Insanity Defense orPlea” in a courtroom should only be employed in cases where there is clear and documented evidence that a person’s criminal actions were impaired due to a diagnosed mental disorder that impacts their ability to control their own behaviors and/or fully appreciate or comprehend that their actions were wrong, illegal or prohibited. ForensicPsychology is a clinical psychology that interconnects two types of psychological service including the psychological evaluation and assessment as well as the rehabilitation of convicted criminals once in the prison system(citation). The “Insanity Defense” is based on evaluations and the diagnosis by forensic mental health professional sutilizing the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, FifthEdition (DSM-5), which is the standard classification of mental disorders used by mental health professionals in the United States (citation), Ina legal court case, if a person is to be convicted of a crime, it is the responsibility of the prosecution to prove that the accused engaged in a guilty act (actus reus) as well as having guilty intent (mens rea) (citation).However, if a person commits a criminal act with the intent to commit the act,but is suffering from a…

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    Insanity Plea The insanity plea has been used for more than a century dating back to the first use of temporary insanity used in 1859. This plea is only used in a small portion of cases, yet the outrage over this type of plea is high. The outrage from the public could be from lack of understanding, but many individuals in today’s society argue that the insanity plea should be abolished. Understanding the process of an insanity plea, the grounds an individual must be in to plead insane, as…

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    Insanity defenses are mostly used in murder cases such as the James Holmes case or other serious felony charges. Insanity tests that are used determine legal and moral liability which determines the validity of an insanity defense. Andersen and Gardner states, “When a defendant is found insane at the time the crime occurred, the court enters a judgment of not guilty by reason of insanity, and the defendant may never again be tried for that offense”(Gardner and Andersen 116). The insanity defense…

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    analysis of the history and development of the insanity defense may initiate a greater understanding of its advantages, drawbacks, and social, economic, and political repercussions. The earliest evidence of the insanity defense appears as early as the third century, in Roman, Greek, and Hebrew doctrines (Shea, 2001). Early Roman law stated that those who commit crimes without evil intent should not be held criminally responsible for those crimes. Furthermore, the Roman law Lex Aquila maintained…

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    For this assignment, I watched a play called “The Insanity of Mary Girard” that was performed by a UT Theatre group, Round About Players, and was shown at the SAC black box. The play revolved around a young woman named Mary Girard who is thrown into an insane asylum by her wealthy husband, Stephen Girard. In the insane asylum, she is tormented by figments of her imagination and is told that she is not to leave the insane asylum for as long as she may live. In this particular adaptation, the…

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    The Cynicism Surrounding Sanity The legitimacy of mental illnesses and insanity has been questionable within a myriad of societies throughout history. No individual is psychologically identical to anyone else, so there is no divine truth in determining what is sane and what is not. Because of this, some people are subjugated from the masses and some research correlates insanity with the creation of serial murders and criminals. Others are less fortunate and become prisoners of their own minds…

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    The consistent conflict between her lover;hamlet and her father and brother drives her into madness which in the end takes her life. Ophelia's insanity is not short brought on. It the cause of long term arguing of her worth whether it's in her virginity or in her love to give up her virginity. She faces a lot of complications with it. During hamlets bout of insanity in Act 3,Scene 1 line 131-141. He says “Get the to a nunnery. Why wouldst thou be a breeder of sinners?...” this is a line…

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    Insanity Defense History

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    For centuries, criminals have been categorized as insane, but does that justify their crime? The majority of higher profile criminals file for the insanity plea which then affects their punishment and life, causing us to consider if ours is safe.The insanity defense should not be admissible in court because of the interest for the public, increases in legal costs, and manipulation of the legal system. The insanity defense’s history plays into our everyday legal actions and in order to understand…

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    So; insanity as the topic for a paper, should be pretty interesting as everything in our lives is in a sense insane. Insanity is a word that defines the very core of some individuals; it either results in a damaging of our souls or a clouding of our judgement. “Insanity; doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” –Albert Einstein. By definition every human is insane in their own sense; every human is innately insane it is just how we show it that defines us. Some…

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    The Insanity Defense

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    The Insanity Defense A serious American contemporary issue is the use of the insanity defense. The insanity defense is when a person being accused of a crime are legally sane but were not in the right state of mind when the crime had taken place. The insanity defense is a chance to help the person who was not in the normal state of mind. This defense is a compromise of society and law because not all mental ailments can be proven or disproven. The benefits of the insanity defense include…

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