June 24, 2018
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Should the “insanity defense” by further circumscribed by state law?

A story in the weekend BDN revealed that the insanity defense has been used more frequently in recent years by those accused of manslaughter and murder.

Should state law be changed to make it more difficult to use this defense? Or is public understanding about the nature of mental illness catching up to reality, resulting in more jurors concluding the defense is appropriate?

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