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Synonyms for rule

Synonyms for rule

the act of exercising controlling power or the condition of being so controlled

the continuous exercise of authority over a political unit

a system by which a political unit is controlled

a principle governing affairs within or among political units

a code or set of codes governing action or procedure, for example

a regular or customary matter, condition, or course of events

to exercise authority or influence over

to exercise the authority of a sovereign

to command or issue commands in an arrogant manner

to occupy the preeminent position in

to make a decision about (a controversy or dispute, for example) after deliberation, as in a court of law

rule out: to prohibit from occurring by advance planning or action

rule out: to keep from being admitted, included, or considered

Synonyms for rule

something regarded as a normative example

a basic generalization that is accepted as true and that can be used as a basis for reasoning or conduct

the duration of a monarch's or government's power

directions that define the way a game or sport is to be conducted

any one of a systematic body of regulations defining the way of life of members of a religious order

(mathematics) a standard procedure for solving a class of mathematical problems

measuring stick consisting of a strip of wood or metal or plastic with a straight edge that is used for drawing straight lines and measuring lengths

exercise authority over

be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance

decide on and make a declaration about


have an affinity with

mark or draw with a ruler

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285) While some have argued that postpartum psychosis can satisfy the cognitive aspect of the M'Naghten test because it can "deprive a defendant of her ability to distinguish right from wrong at the time of the act," (286) others suggest that the M'Naghten rule poses obstacles for women attempting to use the insanity defense.
293) In this case, the court adopted the M'Naghten rule and found the defendant guilty.
Idaho, however, recognized the inadequacy of the M'Naghten rule when applied to postpartum depression cases when it adopted the ALI test in State v.
166) The court determined that if the M'Naghten rule
Although England did not codify the insanity test in the M'Naghten rules until 1843, various cultures have excused mentally ill individuals from criminal responsibility.
117) The M'Naghten rules require that an individual must clearly prove that "at the time of the committing of the act," he or she was "labouring under such a defect of reason, from disease of the mind, as not to know the nature and quality of the act" he or she was committing, and if he or she was aware, he or she "did not know" that the act was wrong.
Montana, Utah and Idaho abolished the insanity defense altogether; other states adopted the more stringent M'Naghten rules over the Model Penal Code definition of insanity; several states shifted the burden of proof from the prosecution to the defense; and 14 states offered an alternative to NGRI, which is the guilty but mentally ill verdict.
Was it a case of juries inflexibly adhering to the M'Naghten Rules when dealing with male defendants, and assessing female defendants more subjectively?
However, many women acquitted on ground of insanity knew both that they had committed a crime and that it was wrong, as demonstrated by their immediate confessions to family, friends and the police, and this points to the fact that, while the medical and legal professions wrestled one another for authority over the insanity acquittal, many juries essentially ignored the M'Naghten Rules in order to grant insanity acquittals to deserving female defendants who did not meet the rules' criteria.
The fact that juries were often flexible when they interpreted and applied the M'Naghten Rules, at least when dealing with female defendants, did not mean that they granted insanity acquittals to female defendants indiscriminately, and the relatively low incidence of the plea combined with women's high success rate suggests that an insanity acquittal was sought only when the defendant or her lawyer felt reasonably confident that the plea would succeed.
Except for the fact that she had murdered a child, nothing about her case met the requirements of the commonsense criterion or the M'Naghten Rules.
The insanity acquittal's prominence in women's murder trials, particularly trials concerning the unexpected and brutal murder of children, the willingness of juries to ignore the M'Naghten Rules when assessing the criminal responsibility of female defendants, and the tendency of both lawyers and physicians to point to the crimes as ample evidence of the defendant's insanity, suggests that juries frequently based their decisions on a conflation of female violence with mental illness, and indeed preferred to believe that only mentally disturbed women could commit shocking violent crimes.