The Effect of John Hinckley Jr. on the Insanity Defense
The insanity defense has always been a very controversial issue in the United States. Many people do not believe that by being classified as insane is a viable excuse for committing a crime, especially one as heinous as murder. There are many opponents to the use of the insanity plea because they feel that those who are found not guilty by reason of insanity are
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intent” to trial.” This means that the defendant did not have the knowledge or intent at the time of the offense needed for the conviction of the offense that they were charged with.
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Web at http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/hinckley/ACCOUNT.htm