The criminal culpability of people with mental illness has long been hotly debated. Recently, the “insanity defense” has received particular scrutiny as John W. Hinckley, who shot President Ronald Reagan in 1981, has been released from the inpatient mental facility where he has lived since 1982. Many think the insanity defense Hinckley used allowed him to get off without facing the consequences of his actions. where did the insanity defense come from? illness, law

The criminal culpability of people with mental illness has long been hotly debated. Recently, the “insanity defense” has received particular scrutiny as John W. Hinckley, who shot President Ronald Reagan in 1981, has been released from the inpatient mental facility where he has lived since 1982. Many think the insanity defense Hinckley used allowed him to get off without facing the consequences of his actions. where did the insanity defense come from? illness, law

February 19, 1859: First Successful Use of Temporary Insanity Defense - http://www.historyandheadlines.com/february-19-1859-first-successful-use-temporary-insanity-defense/

February 19, 1859: First Successful Use of Temporary Insanity Defense - http://www.historyandheadlines.com/february-19-1859-first-successful-use-temporary-insanity-defense/

The Insanity Defense: Multidisciplinary Views on Its History, Trends, and Controversies

The Insanity Defense: Multidisciplinary Views on Its History, Trends, and Controversies

Charles McCoy | Murderpedia, the encyclopedia of murderers. Admitted highway shooter Charles A. McCoy Jr. dropped an insanity defense and pleaded guilty to manslaughter and 10 other charges Tuesday in a series of shootings that took place in 2003 and 2004.  Judge Charles Schneider sentenced McCoy to 27 years in prison.

Charles McCoy | Murderpedia, the encyclopedia of murderers. Admitted highway shooter Charles A. McCoy Jr. dropped an insanity defense and pleaded guilty to manslaughter and 10 other charges Tuesday in a series of shootings that took place in 2003 and 2004. Judge Charles Schneider sentenced McCoy to 27 years in prison.

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