1. Discuss politics - join our community by registering for free here! HOP - the political discussion forum

Not guilty by reason of insanity

Discussion in 'U.S. Politics' started by dogtowner, Aug 5, 2019.

  1. dogtowner

    dogtowner Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2009
    Messages:
    17,841
    Likes Received:
    1,463
    Location:
    Wandering around
    No link i just saw this headline go across the local news and it got me wondering why that makes any sense.

    Is the victim any less injured ?
    No.

    If the evidence is conclusively, what difference does it make ?

    And if they are guilty and insane no one could be surprized if it happens again.

    Is that rabid raccoon any less at fault because hes rabid ? Do we not put it down knowing its a danger ?

    I suppose it limits liability for whoever might have deep pockets and had some control over the actions of the insane party.

    But letting them walk makes no sense.
     
  2. Walter

    Walter Administrator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2006
    Messages:
    1,635
    Likes Received:
    185
    Location:
    Heart of Europe
    Here in Europe if you make a severe crime and are found insane you go behind bars for ever, but instead of a normal prison you will disappear in a mental clinic.
    I can only assume that the US is no different.
     
  3. Walter

    Walter Administrator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2006
    Messages:
    1,635
    Likes Received:
    185
    Location:
    Heart of Europe
    I found this

    "the insanity defense is used in less than 1% of all court cases and, when used, has only a 26% success rate. Of those cases that were successful, 90% of the defendants had been previously diagnosed with mental illness"
    See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Insanity_defense
     
  4. dogtowner

    dogtowner Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2009
    Messages:
    17,841
    Likes Received:
    1,463
    Location:
    Wandering around
    Yes latgely the same except they can be declared cured and released. Sometimes cured just means the facilities were full.
    Thats why I question considering them not guilty. It removes the criminal justice in my opinion.
    It doesnt get used often because its difficukt to prove.
     
  5. The Sage of Main Street

    The Sage of Main Street Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2015
    Messages:
    188
    Likes Received:
    13
    Criminals Are Enemies of the Human Race, and So Are Those Who Make Excuses for Them


    Insanity should be judged only when the criminal can't cope with reality to the point he wouldn't know how to kill. In other words, it should never be used. If he is competent enough to understand how to commit a crime, he is competent enough to be punished as much as any other criminal. We have to change the system so that those who pimp for perps never again have the power to do so.
     
Loading...

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice