Mind over Matter

Topics: Mental disorder, Insanity defense, Psychiatry Pages: 4 (1288 words) Published: April 30, 2013
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Running head: A MATTER OVER MIND ARTICLE 1 A Matter Over Mind Article Roberto Castro PSY-270 07/21/2011 Professor Andrew Graham LPC A Matter Over Mind Article There is a difference between the two term "insanity" and "mental illness" when it comes to the issue of legal process. The term "insanity" in the medical field according to the Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary means "the inability to manage one's own affairs or take responsibility for one's actions as a result of cognitive deficits, absence of self-control, or psychosis"; while in the legal system insanity means "the premise that an insane individual who commits a crime is not legally responsible for that act" or "a criminal defense asserting that at the time of the commission of the acts constituting the offense, the defendant, as a result of severe mental disease or defect, was unable to appreciate the nature and quality of the wrongfulness of his/her acts. Mental disease or defect does not otherwise constitute a defense (U. S. C 18 of the Federal Insanity Defense Reform Act)". Taking in consideration the severity of the case of Clark vs. Arizona where the insanity defense was not considered by the judge and who rejected the insanity defense proposed by his legal team and convict him of first degree murder and sent him to life in prison, we should find why. First, Michael Clark was not diagnose by any doctor until he was arrested and in prison, second, during a previous arrest for drunk driving the officer found 40 tablets of LSD and marihuana, third, their parent never pursue medical or...
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