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Brooke Bulifant April 13, 2007 Essay 3 Kelly Dugan Is the Insanity Defense Insane? The insanity defense is defined as the inability to tell right from wrong, but does this mean that it is a valid excuse for why certain criminals commit crimes? In many cases diseases can be conjured up and sometimes physicians will even agree with the person who is convicted when it is a fabrication. Illnesses such as skitsophrenia defy this, it is obvious through testing and scanning a persons brain that there really is a problem, and that they really are mentally ill because of this the insanity defense has a right to be used as a defense. Andrea Gates is a perfect example. In the early 2000s, she drowned her children in the
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Unformatted text preview: bath tub. Gates had schizophrenia, a common yet severe mental disease. In this case, there were telltale signs of insanity causing her to commit this crime. She had several attempted suicides, and classic symptoms. The story of Donna Willey provides another good example. She also had schizophrenia. She would hear voices, dismembered bodies, and thought demons were communicating with her. Currently 2.5 million Americans are afflicted with schizophrenia. They didn’t choose the disease, so we should we cast them as guilty? Their inability to tell the difference between reality and non-reality shouldn’t be confused with evil....
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