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The American Psychiatric Association Insanity Rule—A Metaphysical Subtlety

  • Abraham L. Halpern
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Part of the Critical Issues in American Psychiatry and the Law book series (CIAP, volume 5)

Abstract

The acquittal of John W. Hinckley, Jr., by reason of insanity in June, 1982, although it aroused a public outcry against the exculpatory insanity rule and provoked widespread criticism of the psychiatric profession, did not further the drive for abolition of the insanity defense. On the contrary, the Hinckley verdict served as a stimulus for organizations and individuals that favored retention of the defense to graft the concept onto state and federal laws more firmly than ever before.

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Pathological Gambler Expert Witness Defense Attorney Guilty Verdict Insanity Defense 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Abraham L. Halpern
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    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryNew York Medical CollegeValhallaUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryUnited Hospital Medical CenterPort ChesterUSA

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