Insanity Defense

Topics: Insanity defense, Mental disorder, Crime Pages: 10 (2013 words) Published: January 2, 2013
Becca Wilkeson
23 Feb 2012
What if he's not insane? Wilkeson, 1

Take a moment to imagine this; you've just murdered your English teacher. You're in court with

your lawyers, in front of a jury and god, and you plead insane. Though you know you're not, but you've

been called “mad” before. You do it to get you r sentence reduced, and get out of your jail time

altogether. It's easy to prove you're insane with some minor manipulations, a few blind statements from

friends, who now believe you are insane, so they don't lie when they just agree; you were acting

definitely odd the day before. The insanity defense doesn't appear to be simple on paper, but you know

about the rules, all you need to do is say “I knew it was wrong, but I couldn't control myself, I tried,”

you get real emotional now, “I told my friends I needed help, I was going to call someone but it just

happened,” Bam! You've passed test one. All you have to do now is say “I bumped my head when I was

little, I never x-rays, but I had a concussion,” there you go, passed test number two, and since you

couldn't control yourself you have passed test three already. Congratulations, now you're insane, “Not

Guilty By Reason Of Insanity.

The insanity defense is essentially the insanity reform act of 1984. the case that began the act

was M'Naghten v. State, which is also one broad law, the act actually put a standard on insanity. Giving

the whole nature of the term a single definition. Now this alone is terrible, it's not only allowing anyone

who is not only in a Federal sentence, or just committed a Federal crime to plead insane, but it's

allowing the court to over look certain qualities, certain aspects of ones personality, or medical history

which could either make you insane or fully prove that you are not. Every defense team has to at least

think about preparing an insanity defense, for the defendant, even before the plea is requested. Which

gives time to doctor evidence, which happens. No one is faithful when a years salary is sitting in front

of their noses. If you believe in something, though it may be wrong, you still believe it, making it truth.

What people don't realize is that you can swear to God with the bible, or to Allah as you prefer, but still Wilkeson, 2
believe in something, making it truth. It your best friend was in court, and he pleaded insane, wouldn't

you at least start to think that your friend might actually be insane You'd then think back, and really

start to believe it. Great; now you have a testimony. If one best friend starts to believe it, then a sibling

might start thinking about it too. Now you hav e a valid insanity testimony; the defense is pretty much

already won. Now you have to have some more proof, that you either have a mental disease, or that you

have a brain defect. All you need to show is that you've bumped you head once, or you have had one

concussion, you have a brain defect, which is enough for insanity. If your testosterone or mensteral

levels are higher than they are supposed to be, you have another cause, since these levels effect your

frame of mind. Your medical history is required, but it's not leafed through thouroughly. If you even

think that your mind was impaired at the time of your unlawful act, you have a case.

The insanity act is essentially one rule, it's called the M'Naghten rule, which states: “Everyman

is presumed to be sane, and... that to be establish a defense on the ground of insanity, it must be clearly

proved that, at the time of the committing of the act, the party ACCUSED was laboring under such a

defect of reason, from disease of mind, as not to know the nature and quality of the act he was doing; or

if he did know it, that he did not know what he was doing was wrong.” But the Irrissitable Impulse Test

makes this rule inadequate. This test states that the...
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