With this idea of excuses now in our minds, let’s take a look at a case that has these same ideas behind it; Richard Kirk, a 49 year old man accused of murdering his wife has claim insanity as an excuse for his violent act (Paul). Kirk stated that when he took the actions that provoke his wife’s death (in this case shooting her), he did not possess the ability to carry out or even think about such acts (Paul)...
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Again, based on the idea and structure of accountability of our criminal justice system, in my understanding and in my opinion, Richard Kirk is utilizing the excuse of “insanity” to be held accountable to lower standards. To bring back Joel Samaha’s point of view, I think this case is surrounded by “excuses, excuses, excuses” (Samaha, 116). Perhaps the tests that will be administered to Mr. Kirk include the following; if not, he should be subject to the right- wrong test, the sistible Impulse test and the substantial capacity test (Samaha, 120). These three tests can be used to bring into light any medical condition that he can possibly have. I stand strong to the idea that this particular case focuses on various aspects of chapter four, such as “The defenses of excuse” (Samaha, 116). And “The criminal Intent” (Samaha, 112).
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