Case Study Of Mark J. Dipietley's Case

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March 30, 1981 was a peaceful day. President Ronald Reagan was walking outside enjoying the fresh air when suddenly shots were fired. Six shots were fired in total, but only one shot hit Reagan due to a bullet that ricocheted. Luckily, Reagan was hit in the abdomen; therefore, he survived. The “mastermind” behind the attempted assassination was a man named John Hinckley. Hinckley believed by going through with this assassination it would be a romantic scenario for himself to confess his undying love for the actress Jodie Foster. Before long it was time for the Hinckley trial and after hearing his side of the story, the jury came to the conclusion that he was crazy. Hinckley was later found not guilty by reason of insanity and admitted to…show more content…
DiPietro ever since he was found not guilty by reason of insanity. Since the 1983 shooting of three family members in Newington, one resulting in death, DiPietro, then 21, was found not criminally responsible by a three-judge panel. He was then committed to the Whiting Division for 25 years in 1984. With a three-year extension on his commitment set to expire in August, the state’s Psychiatric Security Review Board Friday voted to recommend another three-year extension for DiPietro. A Superior Court judge will have the final say on whether DiPietro remains at Connecticut Valley Hospital or is released. The security review board acted on a request for a continuation of being locked inside of forcibly kept inside somewhere by Assistant State Lawyer Vicki Melchiorre, after hearing statements in court by mind doctors on DiPietro’s mental state. The Hartford Courant reported DiPietro, on August 22nd, 1983, used a stolen .38 size handgun to shoot Lino Namasis, and the couple’s son, Ettore, after breaking into the house. He then beat the couple’s second son Mario, with a handgun. DiPietro had lived near the family’s home on Adrian Avenue. Two doctors of the mind said in court and gave proof that they believed that DiPietro believed that Mario and Ettore had been taken over by demons or evil beings. The judges decided DiPietro had committed the crimes, but was not criminally…show more content…
What’s more, the success rate of those cases is only about 26%. Insanity defense can be a possible escape to crime, but in order to state as true the defense of insanity or the insanity plea, the person who is being sued or was sued must declare that he/she is not responsible for his/her actions because of their mental health problem. That person must strongly express that he/she was not aware of the actions. Usually, the first thing that is done in a person’s insanity plea is that he /she needs to go through a thorough mental process. Psychologists or Psychiatrists can help the process on how to figure out the person’s actual state of mind during the crime. However, they are not in the position to decide whether the person is really insane. Only the jury can decide whether the statements in court or the findings support the criminal insanity defense. If the court finds the person is guilty for the possible crime but she or she was not mentally responsible during the time that the crime was committed, often, they will be sent to a psychiatric hospital or placed in a mental hospital for the criminally insane. Usually, punishment is not forever; it will only last until the person is no longer a threat to the people of the world. There are cases where they claim insanity only lasts a certain period of time. This kind of defense is very hard to prove. If the person declares that their
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