Unabomber Case 74 And The John Hinckley Jr. Trial

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rial,73 the Unabomber case,74 and the John Hinckley Jr. trial. These cases renewed the insanity defense debate, 76 regardless of whether the defendant was actually mentally ill 77 or whether the insanity plea was ultimately successful. 78
The widespread public belief that defendants frequently use the insanity defense to avoid punishment79 is largely attributable to high profile cases and the attention the media gives them. The public also believes that the availability of the insanity defense will result in the opportunity for those faking mental illness to avoid punishment.80
These inaccurate concerns are largely attributable to the public's suspicion of mental illness due to its perceived "invisibility.", 81
Based on empirical studies, the

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