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NCJ Number: 69934 Find in a Library
Title: Diminished Capacity (From Criminal Law Seminar, 1977, Tape 1, Side 1 and 2 - See NCJ - 69932)
Author(s): C Garry
Corporate Author: California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
United States of America
Date Published: 1977
Sponsoring Agency: California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
Oceana Publications, Inc
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
Sale Source: Oceana Publications, Inc
75 Main Street
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
United States of America

Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The issue of diminished capacity in criminal cases, to be used as a defense strategy distinguished from insanity defense, is discussed from the perspective of a political activist lawyer, involved in widely publicized trials.
Abstract: Part of a five-audiocassette series containing the proceedings of the 1977 statewide Criminal Law Seminar, sponsored by the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, and primarily intended for an audience of defense attorneys and law students, this presentation offers arguments in favor of the diminished mental capacity of defendants in murder cases. Since the legal definition of diminished capacity is still tentative and confusing, the opinions of forensic psychiatrists in favor of the diminished capacity are cited in homicide cases. Several diminished capacity cases are cited to encourage defense lawyers to analyze the personalities and life histories of their clients, in order to find out why they committed a violent crime (e.g., whether the motive was hunger, emotional instability, surrounding circumstances, or inordinate fear for one's life) that prompted them to commit the crime for which they are on trial. A total and complete defense can be built upon sufficient evidence that a client acted in a state of unconsciousness (here meaning a state of altered consciousness, or amnesia caused by shock or emotional trauma, irresistible impulse, intoxication, or intolerable provocation. The corresponding section of the syllabus provided with this cassette series contains case citations, legal definitions, and other instructional material on diminished capacity and altered states of consciousness from different sources.
Index Term(s): Attribution theory; Criminal intent; Criminal responsibility; Forensic psychiatry; Mentally ill offenders
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