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NCJ Number: 30766 Find in a Library
Title: INSANITY DEFENSE IN OPERATION - A PRACTICING PSYCHIATRIST VIEWS DURHAM AND BRAWNER (FROM CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM REVIEW, 1974 BY JON S SCHULTZ AND JON P THAMES - SEE NCJ-30751)
Author(s): D D PUGH
Corporate Author: William S Hein and Co, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1974
Page Count: 22
Sponsoring Agency: William S Hein and Co, Inc
Buffalo, NY 14209
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: WRITTEN BY A PRACTITIONER OF FORENSIC PSYCHIATRY, THIS ARTICLE DESCRIBES THE PROBLEMS OF THE INSANITY DEFENSE AND CRIMINAL COMMITMENT AS THEY APPEAR TO A PSYCHIATRIST IN A HOSPITAL FOR THE CRIMINALLY INSANE.
Abstract: THE JUDICIAL PROCEDURES FOR THE DETERMINATION OF SANITY ARE OUTLINED. THE AUTHOR THEN DISCUSSES THE SANITY TEST AS A PROGNOSTIC TEST AND THE RELIABILITY AND VALIDITY OF SANITY TESTS. SPECIFIC PROBLEMS WHICH AFFECT THE VALIDITY OF THE SANITY TESTS - MALINGERING AND THE LACK OF DEFINITION OF 'MENTAL DISEASE' - ARE ALSO EXAMINED. THE AUTHOR DISCUSSES ISSUES IN THE ABOLITION OF THE INSANITY DEFENSE, AND CONCLUDES THAT THIS DEFENSE SHOULD BE ABOLISHED. HE MAINTAINS THAT DECISIONS CONCERNING THE MENTAL STATUS OF THE DEFENDANT SHOULD BE PART OF THE PRESENTENCING EVALUATION AND OUGHT NOT TO PRECEDE THE VERDICT. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED)
Index Term(s): Criminal responsibility; Defense; Forensic medicine; Insanity defense; Law reform; Presentence investigations; Psychiatry; Psychological evaluation
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