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NCJ Number: 171178 Find in a Library
Title: Insanity Is an Illness: Positive Disintegration and the Plea of Criminal Insanity (From EuroCriminology, Volume 10, P 159-183, 1996, Brunon Holyst, ed. - See NCJ-171167)
Author(s): C B Gray
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 25
Sponsoring Agency: Criminal Justice Press/Willow Tree Press
Sale Source: Criminal Justice Press/Willow Tree Press
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: Poland
Annotation: This article discusses the concept of criminal insanity and the interworking of the disciplines of medicine, specifically psychiatry, and law.
Abstract: Legal tests of criminal insanity include: (1) "right-wrong": defendants are not criminally responsible if they did not know right from wrong in committing a criminal act; (2) "irresistible impulse": defendants are not criminally responsible if they performed a criminal act under an irresistible impulse; (3) "product test": defendants are not criminally responsible if the act was the product of a mental disease; and (4) "conformity test": defendants are not criminally responsible if they were without the capacity to conform their conduct to the requirements of law at the time of their acts. The article discusses in detail each of these defenses as well as other alternatives adopted by various countries; the Model Penal Code formulation; and definitions and interpretations of relevant legal and medical terminology, concepts and criteria. Notes
Main Term(s): Courts
Index Term(s): Criminal intent; Criminal responsibility; Criminally insane persons; Diminished capacity defense; Guilty but mentally ill; Insanity defense; Psychiatric testimony; Psychological evaluation; World criminology
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