An insanity ruling that placed an individual in a mental institution rather than prison due to violent acts was the case of Fannie Korn. Fannie Korn age thirty-nine was found guilty of murder by judge Frederick Smyth Friday, July 28, 1893. Korn reported having a dreadful pain in her head causing her to lose sleep and her appetite as well as having her believe she was going insane. Worried something serious (death) would happen to her, Korn dreaded leaving her children behind, Florence age five and Edwin age eleven. Since Korn believed she was going insane and did not want to leave them behind she attempted to kill both herself and her children. Korn gave both her c...
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...ells people are more aware of different mental illnesses. Back in the gilded age, doctors were not aware of the many mental illnesses we are familiar with today. People (the jury) are more understanding in court when someone pleas an insanity defense. They show more compassion and leniency for the person to seek treatment.
Crime during the Gilded Age which has influenced decisions today is the rule of murder and an insanity plea, as to whether or not inmates should be placed in prison for committing violent acts or seek treatment. James Gilligan and Samantha Pegg both support that a person who commits a violent act upon being on an insanity defense should seek treatment and not be confined to prison. The progression of the insanity defense has changed based upon new rulings and reforms upon treating the mentally ill and they will continue changing within years.
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