For those that don’t know, the insanity plea, as defined by Cornell Law, is based on the fact that a person accused of a crime can acknowledge that he/she committed the crime, but argue that he/she is not responsible for it because of his or her mental illness, by pleading “not guilty by reason of insanity”. This first became a problem in 1843. Daniel M’Naughten was trialed for shooting the secretary of the Prime Minister in attempt to assassinate the Prime Minister himself. It was said that M’Naughten thought the Prime Minister was the person behind all his personal and financial problems. The jury ruled him “not guilty by reason of insanity”.
There should be some type of punishment when the United States court system fails; matters should be taken into the hands of the citizens. In “The Killings” by Andre Dubus, Matt decides the fate of the Strout who murdered his beloved son because he believed the court system will not prevail. In the court system, there are only three options the verdict could be: plead insane, receive capital punishment, or could be put on parole. The first verdict of the trial would be for Strout to plead insanity. Insanity defence is the claim that a defendant is not responsible for their actions in the case due to mental health problems.
By the law in America over 2 million people are declared insane each year. Most cases where people plead insanity though turn out to be false. To be declared insane in the courts you have to take a mental test to show you are insane, which it is nearly impossible to cheat on. Temporary inanity is also a popular defense in the court rooms, but “... the temporary insanity defense has largely lost its standing as a distinct - or even a coherent - legal claim,” ( The insanity defense was used in only 2% of felony cases and in which 75% of those cases failed. A famous cases where the defendant pleaded insanity and was found so was the John Hinckley Jr. case.
He knew what he did was wrong, but his impulse was uncontrollable, and because of his problem he was not guilty. In 1843, an Englishman named Daniel M’Naghten killed Secretary British Minister. Daniel thought British minister was conspiring Daniel. The court put him in for Insanity Defense and was put in ... ... middle of paper ... ... on trial killed a loved, anybody would want that person in prison. Even though it hurts to see a family member suffer people have to do the right thing.
Insanity Plea Insanity, comes from the Latin word sanus, meaning healthy. Insane is meant to be the opposite, sick or of unsound mind. # In the court of law, the jury must prove that at the time of the crime, the defendant was not in a sane mind. The attorneys job is to prove without a doubt, that the defendant was not in control of their actions, at the time the crime was committed. Once this is done and the verdict is given, if found guilty by reason of insanity, the person is usually sent to a mental hospital, where treatment can be give.
Most court cases end in one of the following two ways: Guilty or Not Guilty. In addition to these simple verdicts, information is sometimes provided as to why the jury came to its conclusion. Such is the case for Not guilty by Reason of Insanity (NGRI). While the first two scenarios are simple and fair, the last choice has raised more than a few eyebrows over time. Many believe that the Insanity Plea is a simple way to get a high-stakes criminal off the hook, though many would also disagree and say that the Insanity Plea is a justifiable resolution to court cases.
Innocent people were being killed all because of a fear that had evolved. During the Salem Witch Trials, many people were hanged for being accused as witches, some even killed on the spot. During the time of McCarthyism people were detained and ostracized because they were accused of being a Communist or involved with Communism in any way. During both instances, there was no true evidence that supported the accusations. Nevertheless, because the people who were making the accusations were so influential, the general public began to believe them without them needing to prove
Capital punishment has always been a huge debate because, it has been used unfairly against people. There have been a lots of people sentence to death that was found innocent than later given life terms in prison. Since 1976 124 prisoners were releases after being found innocent peopl... ... middle of paper ... ...uld be sentence to death with no trial and no waiting upon a date. Well there are a lot of criminals who kill, rape, and hurt people just because they feel like it. In my eyes these people are seen as pure evil people and they don’t deserve a second chance.
I think that the Insanity Plea is often mis-used, ordianary people just like you and me get of with only 4 years in a mental home for killing people. Also the people who actually ARE insane sometimes get ruled down and are put in jail, where they commit even more crimes. So as you can see, sometimes the Insanity plea was put to good use and some bad, well I guess that is just an opinion. There were more cases left in the book but those were the most important ones in the book, if I took the time to do all of them, This report would be 20 pages long. I thank you for reading it, adios.
The death penalty is unjust and risks outweigh any of the benefits. Many people believe the death penalty is an effective system and the punishment fits the crime yet so many innocent people have been put to death for crimes they did not commit. Reports show Gary Graham was executed in 2000 solely off the testimony of a witness who claimed to get a quick view of the defendant from 40 feet away through a windshield. The evidence is circumstantial but was enough not only to get a conviction but capital punishment. Troy Davis was executed in 2011 even though witnesses recanted their testimonies.