insanity plea

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(criminal law) a plea in which the defendant claims innocence due to mental incompetence at the time

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Ben-David, 30, lodged an insanity plea that held up his formal conviction and sentencing.
The state's insanity plea requires the defense to prove by just a preponderance of the evidence that the accused is mentally ill and that he or she did not know right from wrong at the time of the alleged crime.
6) Despite these perceptions, most cases that involve an insanity plea are not for murder charges (7) and are cases in which the evidence of mental illness is so overwhelming that the prosecution does not contest the insanity plea.
McCollum was found guilty and sentenced to death at her first trial but later avoided execution by winning an insanity plea.
His lawyers have repeatedly said he is mentally ill, but they delayed the insanity plea while arguing state laws were unconstitutional.
Holmes' lawyers have repeatedly said he is mentally ill, but delayed the insanity plea while arguing that state laws were unconstitutional.
The judge said that he found Holmes understanding the effects and consequences of the not guilty by reason of insanity plea, adding that he was looking at the advisement and appeared to be following along, the report said.
It is a case where we are still looking at the enormous amount of evidence, and we would never presume it is slam dunk," she told reporters, adding that an insanity plea would make the case last a year or more.
Judge Adolfo Garcia Morales sentenced her to 15 years for each count of murder after a jury at Girona Provincial Court rejected her insanity plea.
Indeed, he (and Hawthorne) actually anticipated by a few years the use of such an argument in courts of law, as modern American jurisprudence regarding an insanity plea derives from the famous English M'Naghten case of 1843 and the resulting declaration of the Law Lords in 1848The first American legal case argued--and won--on the grounds of temporary insanity was the famous Sickles trial of 1859.
rejected an insanity plea from women who "fabricate misleading
Prosecutors said Friday that the motorist charged with murder in the death of a pedestrian during a police chase in Woodland Hills might enter an insanity plea.
An insanity plea is usually not an option in the case of acute drug intoxication, Dr.
Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus, Dr Thomas Szasz says in his book, Th Myth of Mental Illness, "The introduction of psychiatric considerations into the administration of the criminal law - for example, the insanity plea and verdict, diagnoses of mental incompetence to stand trial, and so forth - corrupt the law and victimise the subject on whose behalf they are ostensibly employed.
The woman was arrested and charged with theft, but entered an insanity plea during a hearing yesterday.