The Insanity Defense is a defendant seeking a non-guilty verdict in a criminal trial for his or her state of mind. “Insane” is a medical term, not legal (Ferguson 1) which was decided by careers in the psychiatric and legal fields. When a criminal offender has repeated abnormal behavior, antisocial conduct, is continuously displayed the defense ignores their plea and they are charged guilty. Not all fifty states accept the insanity defense, however they allow pleads with mental disabilities if it negates a culpability element (Robinson 6).The requirements and standard structure that are common for disability excuses are reflected by the defense. The defense helps those that are handicapped by a disease or defect that provides an excuse based off of their mental condition. The verdict can only be charged guilty by reasons of insanity if the defendant has a dysfunction in relation to the offense court. The def...
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