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NCJ Number: 99524 Find in a Library
Title: Defense of Insanity
Journal: Journal of Psychiatry and Law  Volume:11  Issue:2  Dated:(Summer 1983)  Pages:183-201
Author(s): R J Simon
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 19
Type: Historical Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article traces the history of the insanity defense and reviews the controversies surrounding it.
Abstract: It compares the 'wild beast test' introduced by Justice Tracy in 1723 with the criterion proposed by the Reagan administration following the attempted assassination of the president by John Hinckley. It assesses the role of the psychiatrist as an expert witness and that of the jury in defense-of-insanity trials, and reviews the press that both received following the Hinckley trial and jury verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity. (Publisher abstract)
Index Term(s): Insanity defense
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