The Insanity Defense: An Overview and Legislative Proposals

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This report will discuss the insanity defense as used in the federal
courts. It will briefly trace the history of the evolution of that defense
from its earliest formulation to the version used in the John Hinckley case,
and will provide, in summary form, descriptive analysis of various pieces of
Legislation to change federal law with regard to the substantive definition of
the defense, the allocation of the burden of persuasion when the defense is invoked,
and procedures following the successful use of the defense.

Creator(s): Marion, Catherine
Location(s): United States
Creation Date: July 19, 1982
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UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Congressional Research Service Reports
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Marion, Catherine

American Law Division

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Place of Publication: Washington D.C.
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  • Creation: July 19, 1982
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United States
Description:

This report will discuss the insanity defense as used in the federal
courts. It will briefly trace the history of the evolution of that defense
from its earliest formulation to the version used in the John Hinckley case,
and will provide, in summary form, descriptive analysis of various pieces of
Legislation to change federal law with regard to the substantive definition of
the defense, the allocation of the burden of persuasion when the defense is invoked,
and procedures following the successful use of the defense.

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11 Pages.

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UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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