The Defense Of The Insanity Defense

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The insanity defense has been used in several cases in criminal law. This defense basically states that the accused cannot be held responsible for what he/she did because they had no control over their actions. Many times the defense attorney will plea for a deal that the defendant be sent to a mental rehabilitation center for proper treatment. When using this defense the defense attorney will argue that there may be a chemical imbalance in his brain therefore he had no idea what he was doing at the time.
In my opinion the insanity defense should not exist because many of the people accused just use to get out of their justified sentence. Daniel M 'Naghten was a woodworker who believed he was the target of a conspiracy involving the pope and British Prime Minister Robert Peel. In 1843, M 'Naghten traveled to 10 Downing Street to ambush Peel, but mistakenly shot and killed Peel 's secretary. During the ensuing trial, several psychiatrists testified M 'Naghten was delusional. A jury agreed, declaring him not guilty by reason of insanity. (Washington post, 1998). This is a perfect example of the insanity defense being used to just avoid being punished. The insanity defense has been used in several cases but has been rarely successful in many cases. This defense although still exists has been much harder for a defendant to use because to law has changed and with it the insanity defense cannot be used so easily anymore. Judges all around have made it much more difficult for a…

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