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a statement that justifies or defends something, such as a past action or policy

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protection from harm

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(sports) the team that is trying to prevent the other team from scoring

the justification for some act or belief

the defendant and his legal advisors collectively

the speech act of answering an attack on your assertions

an organization of defenders that provides resistance against attack

a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him

the act of defending someone or something against attack or injury

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21, 1994 (reporting its planned use to support the insanity defense in the trial of serial killer, Joel Rifkin).
The landscape relating to the insanity defense has been transformed in the nearly forty years since Abe wrote his book, but many of his insights remain fresh and relevant.
At the end of her very brief essay, she offers more cause for doubt by approvingly quoting legal scholar Alan Stone's statement that the insanity defense "purports to draw a line between those who are morally responsible and those who are not, those who are blameworthy and those who are not, those who have free will and those who do not.
While investigators do not possess the time or the training to conduct mental health examinations, they do possess the skills to collect some of the information that the courts can use to determine whether subjects meet the strict standards necessary to qualify for the insanity defense.
Interestingly, Slovenko recognizes that the insanity defense transforms a criminal trial into a morality play, thereby relaxing the rules of evidence and making the defendant's life history, including the more sordid details, relevant to the trier of fact.
As long ago as 1985, serious, scientific books about the insanity defense were asserting that, as the criminologist C.
94) Five states abolished the insanity defense altogether,
The temporary insanity defense, the Miranda decision, the right to counsel, and other landmark criminal decisions are covered in great detail in this very long audiobook.
The suicide rates which peaked around 1611 to 1635 prompted greater attention to decisions about dishonorable burials and added a political motive for preferring the secular insanity defense to a religious process countering demonic-inspired despair.
One argument made there, and repeated incessantly in formal and informal rhetoric by psychiatrists, is that it is not the case that "many criminals try to use the insanity defense to escape severe punishment.
Prosecutors preferred it to a more liberal formula used by some courts allowing a defendant to mount an insanity defense if he ''lacked substantial capacity to conform his conduct to the requirements of the law.
Benedict, (25) the court reiterated that even the more stringent insanity defense standard of "severe mental disease or defect" had never been interpreted to require the accused to suffer from a psychosis.
But the profound impact he had on the formation of my own scholarly imagination was achieved primarily through two of his works: his classic book, The Insanity Defense, (1) and his masterful article, Conspiracy To Defraud the United States.