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From: Lawrence DeBivort <email@example.com>
> The insanity defense has always intrigued me, as it seems to suggest that
> the greater and more bizarre the crime, the more credibility the claim of
> insanity would be. Might this not simply encourage petty criminals and
> killers to exaggerate the nature of their crimes so as to lay the
> for an insanity plea? It is no wonder that juries are skeptical, and, I
> think, properly so.
Yes, but the difference, at least here in Belgium, insane people get treated
and walk away freely after a few years ( healed !?). In that sense the in-
sanity plea is the best, possible avaible to get Yates of the hook.
The plea is the closest one the defense will ever get to get an acquittal.
And I don 't think petty criminals will encourage themselves to plea for
We had here, a few weeks ago the Pandy- case. Father and daughter,
mixed up in incestious relationship, allegedly killed 6 family-members and
let disappear their bodies by dripping them into an acid bath of some
toilet- destop- product.
Exaggerated, no it works, insanity- plea no !
The defense argued that there were no bodies found, so no crime was
But father and daughter were comdemned. You need some bias to plea
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