Pleading Insanity : Mental Illness

2901 Words Sep 25th, 2014 12 Pages
Julie Wanzer
Dr. King
18 September 2014
English 1102
Pleading Insanity Too many times in today’s society people don’t consider mental illness to be anything other than, voices in one’s head, or being a suicidal maniac. But actually it goes a lot farther than that. People who have a mental illness have gotten worse over the past 20 years, not that the illness has gotten any worse, because it hasn’t, but what it has pushed people to do has been drastically different. One common thing that is very controversial in America today is if someone has murdered, and they have a mental illness, should their punishment be the same as anyone else, or they be acquitted because of their illness. Everyone certainly believes that murder is absolutely wrong not matter how it’s looked at, but where is the line drawn, that makes one have a mental illness and one just being absolutely cruel. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary a mental disability is referred to as “A mental or bodily condition marked primarily by sufficient disorganization of personality, mind, and emotions to seriously impair the normal psychological functioning of the individual.” When one has a mental disability, they aren’t themselves. Therefore they don’t make decisions themselves. Once someone has murdered and they go to court they have three options, when they are pleading. They have guilty, not guilty, and not guilty with reason of insanity. First, the history of the insanity defense, according to Mark Nolan…

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