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Insanity: Murder, Madness, and the Law

Charles Patrick Ewing


The insanity defense is one of the oldest fixtures of the Anglo-American legal tradition. Though it is available to people charged with virtually any crime, and is often employed without controversy, homicide defendants who raise the insanity defense are often viewed by the public and even the legal system as trying to get away with murder. Often it seems that the legal result of an insanity defense is unpredictable, and is determined not by the defendant's mental state, but by their lawyers' and psychologists' influence. From the thousands of murder cases in which defendants have claimed insa ... More

Keywords: insanity, homicide, legal system, murder, Jack Ruby, psychologists, psychiatrists, criminal justice system

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195326130
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326130.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charles Patrick Ewing, author
State University of New York at Buffalo