Retain insanity defense, commission recommends

An independent commission recommended that the insanity defense be retained. Ever since the acquittal of presidential assailant John W. Hinckley Jr., the plea of ''not guilty by reason of insanity'' has been under attack. The panel's chairman, former Indiana Sen. Birch Bayh, said the defense could not be improved by eliminating it, but suggested placing the burden on the defendant instead of the prosecution to prove insanity.

The US attorney general has urged the federal government to adopt for federal crimes a plea of ''guilty but mentally ill.'' Several states have already adopted that plea, legal correspondent Curtis J. Sitomer reports.

About these ads
Sponsored Content by LockerDome

We want to hear, did we miss an angle we should have covered? Should we come back to this topic? Or just give us a rating for this story. We want to hear from you.

Loading...

Loading...

Loading...

Save for later

Save
Cancel

Saved ( of items)

This item has been saved to read later from any device.
Access saved items through your user name at the top of the page.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You reached the limit of 20 saved items.
Please visit following link to manage you saved items.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You have already saved this item.

View Saved Items

OK