The Insanity Plea by Winslad and Ross: Summary

Topics: Insanity defense, Insanity, Mental disorder Pages: 3 (1209 words) Published: October 8, 1999
The Insanity Plea by Winslad and Ross: Summary

The Insanity Plea is a book about the Uses & Abuses of the Insanity Defense in various cases. The book is by William J. Winslade and Judith Wilson Ross. In this report, I will basically summarize the book and tell you different ways people have used and abused the Criminal Justice System using The Insanity Plea.

I will first talk about the case of Dan White. On November 18, 1978, Preliminary reports began broadcasting news of the events in a town called Jonestown, at first all that was known, was that people of a religious cult shot and may have even killed California Congressman Leo Ryan. Then on November 27, 9 days after the news of the death of Congressman Ryan another 2 deaths happened. George Moscone, the mayor of San Francisco, and Harvey Milk, a city supervisor and the leader of San Francisco's politically active gay community, had been shot and killed at death in the San Francisco City Hall. The Police then sniffed-out and charged Dan White with the murders of the 3 people.

In 2 years the trial ended with the verdict of guilty on the account of manslaughter. He was later sentenced to 7 years and 8 months in a Prison, with a possibility of parole after 5. After the verdict there were Riots breaking out in the streets because of the verdict. Before hand he was elected a Supervisor and resigned because he didn't like the way that Politics worked. The point before, that I may not have mentioned, is that the defense argued that he was insane and that "a person with a normal background who was brought up in a good home, something is obviously missing." Since he was being charged on 3 accounts of Murder in the 1st, they somewhat bought the insane defense so they lowered his charges to 1 account of voluntary manslaughter, where he received 7 years and 8 months with a possibility of parole after 5 years.

In the summer of 1978, Lyman Bostock seemed to have it made very good. He was one...
Continue Reading

Please join StudyMode to read the full document

You May Also Find These Documents Helpful

  • Pleas of Insanity Essay
  • Insanity Plea Essay
  • Insanity Plea Essay
  • Pros and Cons of the Insanity Plea Essay
  • The Insanity Plea History and Implications Essay
  • insanity plea Essay
  • Essay on The insanity Plea
  • Insanity Plea Essay

Become a StudyMode Member

Sign Up - It's Free