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In Defense of the Insanity Defense

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

Abstract

The insanity defense continues to be at the center of a great controversy. Most psychiatrists favor the concept of relieving a seriously mentally ill person of criminal responsibility if his mental illness significantly affects his behavior. Most attorneys also adhere to the notion that insanity is a viable defense, when significant mental illness is involved. Recently, at-tempts have been made to abolish the insanity defense for a number of reasons.

Keywords

Mental Illness American Psychiatric Association Pathological Gambling Criminal Responsibility Model Penal Code 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert L. Sadoff
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  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry; Center for Studies in Social-Legal PsychiatryUniversity of PennsylvaniaJenkintownUSA

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