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Saksena 1 Sean Saksena Kelly Dugan Essay 3 13 April 2007 By judicial definition, insanity is a having a lacking ability of deciphering what is right and wrong. The definition of Schizophrenia according to the book is defined as having possible symptoms such as disorganized behavior, delusions, incoherent speech, and other bizarre behaviors. In no part of the definition of schizophrenia does it talk about lacking the ability to determine what is deemed right or wrong. Therefore, I argue that the insanity plea is much overused and irrelevant. In our justice system, we prosecute criminals with the intent to punish him or her appropriately for what he or she has done. Many times the punishments are harsh and difficult, but an appropriate consequence for the negative action. With punishments seeming so harsh, some try to plead that he or she is insane. The insanity plea is much overused. In the article “The Schizophrenic Mind”, Andrea Yates is on trial for
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Unformatted text preview: murdering her five children. According to her psychiatrist, she was diagnosed with forms of schizophrenia. What motivated her to kill her children was that hat Satan was telling her to kill her children. The reason why the insanity plea is bogus is because in this case there was no evidence that Andrea Yates had impaired moral thought. Though Satan was telling her to kill her children, she still knew it was wrong. Therefore, she killed the children in her own will. The insanity plea in court cases is an overused term. Though it may be justifiable, our judicial system has to closely watch its definition of the term insane. In the Andrea Saksena 2 Yates case, there is no doubt that she is psychologically disturbed. However, at the same time, there is no proof that her perception of right and wrong has been disturbed. Therefore by definition she is not insane, she can not use the insanity plea, and use of it would be irrelevant...
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