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Insanity Defense
Tue Mar 7, 2017 19:25

The insanity defense is a "I did it, but..." defense which concedes guilt but attempts to deflect it by showing that the defendant did not have the requisite mental state to be guilty. The insanity defense is asserted when the proof is overwhelming and ability to formulate the intent is the only avenue of attack; and some criminals are actually insane or have a diminished capacity. This is not part of the Dekle-Dedman criticism of Fawcett--their critique is more serious than that.

Dekle-Dedman are no fans of Wilentz, by the way.

  • Re: Robert BryanJoe for Steve, Tue Mar 7 11:09
    Steve, from all accounts I've seen, it appears that Fawcett was considering an insanity plea for Hauptmann. Huddleson's examination of Hauptmann with a battery of psychiatrists, then called... more
    • Re: Robert Bryansteve for joe, Thu Mar 9 10:28
      I think after the spoon incident in the jail I think Fawcett was considering it. plus all the evidence against him
      • Re: Robert BryanJoe for Steve, Fri Mar 10 12:26
        And given the weight of the evidence, how Hauptmann managed to keep silent and frustrate investigators is beyond me. At the same time, I think Schoenfeld and Condon were right when they stated the... more
    • Insanity Defense — Anonymous, Tue Mar 7 19:25
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