December 30, 2011
by Cody Harding
On December 30, 2005, the US DIstrict Court for the District of Columbia granted a request by John W. Hinckley, Jr., for seven overnight visits with his parents at their home in Williamsburg, Virginia. In 1981, Hinckley shot President Ronald Reagan and 3 others outside of the Hilton Hotel in ...[read more]
November 14, 2009
by JURIST Staff
On November 14, 1881, Charles Guiteau went on trial for the assassination of President James A. Garfield. The trial of Guiteau, a probable paranoid, pointed up problems with nineteenth century law's treatment of insanity; Guiteau's trial is also problematic in retrospect as Garfield's death was ...[read more]
March 24, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Tuesday in Knowles v. Mirzayance that a lawyer’s recommendation that a criminal defendant withdraw an insanity plea does not constitute ineffective assistance of counsel for purposes of a federal habeas claim. Writing for the Court, Justice Clarence ...[read more]
May 16, 2008
by Mike Rosen-Molina
Former US Army Pfc. Steven D. Green may raise an insanity defense at his scheduled 2009 civilian trial for the rape and murder of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and the murder of her family in Mahmudiya (also Mahmoudiya), according to two motions filed Thursday. Green's lawyers said they... ...[read more]
April 17, 2007
by Holly Manges Jones
A federal judge began hearings Monday to decide whether John Hinckley, Jr. should be given more freedom outside the mental hospital where he was sent after being found not guilty by reason of insanity in the 1981 attempted assassination of US President Ronald Reagan. Hospital officials and ...[read more]
October 24, 2006
by Robert DeVries
The New Jersey Supreme Court Tuesday held that mental retardation, like insanity, is a condition to be affirmatively proved by the defense in state death penalty cases. In a 5-2 ruling, the court overturned an August 2005 appeals court decision that had placed the onus of disproving mental ...[read more]
July 26, 2006
by Jaime Jansen
A Texas jury Wednesday found Andrea Yates not guilty by reason of insanity of drowning her five children in 2001. Yates will now be committed to a Texas mental hospital and will undergo periodic hearings to determine whether she will be eligible for release. Yates' attorney argued that she ...[read more]
June 29, 2006
by Bernard Hibbitts
Clark v. Arizona, Supreme Court of the United States, June 29, 2006. Read the Court's majority opinion per Justice Souter, along with a concurrence in part and dissent in part from Justice Breyer, and a dissent from Justice Kennedy, joined by Justices Stevens and Ginsburg. Reported in JURIST... ...[read more]
June 29, 2006
by Jeannie Shawl
The US Supreme Court on Thursday upheld Arizona's law governing insanity defenses in criminal cases, ruling in Clark v. Arizona that the state's approach does not violate constitutional due process. In June 2000 at the age of 17, Eric Clark, a diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic, shot and ...[read more]
April 19, 2006
by James M Yoch Jr
The US Supreme Court on Wednesday heard oral arguments in Clark v. Arizona, 05-5966, a case in which the Court will decide the constitutionality of Arizona statutes governing insanity defenses in criminal cases. In June 2000 at the age of 17, Eric Clark, a diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic, shot ...[read more]

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