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Excuse: Insanity - Conclusion

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The insanity defense has always been part of the fabric of criminal law. It is used rarely, successfully more rarely, and its "successful" use generally brings with it significant costs to the pleader (in terms of both stigma and length of institutional stay). The defense remains a prisoner of both behavioral and empirical myth; although these myths bear virtually no resemblance to reality, they have come to symbolize the public's perception of the defense and the plea. It is doubtful that any other area of criminal law is more poorly understood.

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almost 2 years ago

Have you ever thought about how the mind of those who are mentally ill differs from ours? Ladies and gentlemen, we gather here today in the court of law because a man has been killed. After close examination of the defendant and the case itself, I have reason to believe that my client is not guilty by reason of insanity.
I would like to begin by letting you all know that my client, does not consider the killing of this man a wrongdoing, in fact he believes that explaining the concealment of the body will prove that there was no wrong in his actions.In addition,the defendant took close consideration into the murder of this man and planned everything out step by step without once realizing that killing a man because of his “evil eye” is just unhinged. This only begins to explain how my client is not in any way sane. However, nowadays we tend to forget the intensity of insanity. Many people forget that being insane is just like having any other disease. It's not fair that my client go to jail where he won't ever be able to understand what he did wrong. A mental institution will not let him go for years and is still a punishment for what he did but will provide the proper care he needs to take care of his illness. For this reason an institution is the best place for my client. On the contrary, some people believe that sending my client to jail is best. This makes sense because of the fact that he did commit a crime, however my client is sick and needs to be put in a place where everyone around him has similar issues. This will be best for not just the safety of the defendant but the safety of others as well.