The insanity plea is a compromise between the legal system and society. In society people believe even the mentally ill should take responsibility for their actions, but people also believe the mentally ill should receive treatment for their disorder. This is a big gray area because there is no way to please the people with what is decided. The legal system is in place to protect the people from harm but social norms would say not to penalize insane people as much as someone ...
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...rteenth century and will continue to progress into something new. It will also continue to be over used until the court system figures out how to contain this, or get rid of the plea all together.
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