The insanity defense

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January 12, 2011
by Dahlia Lithwick  
Posted in Commentary, PND Commentary

"[I]t's no small irony that the insanity defense has become almost impossible to prove, precisely because people just like Loughner have occasionally managed to prove it. And so I dearly hope that everyone who feels comfortable diagnosing him from afar today will stand by their diagnoses in the weeks to come. If you are going to advance the argument that he is neither culpable nor rational, then it follows that he should not be convicted for his actions." (01/11/11)  

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