30 Pages Posted: 13 May 2011 Last revised: 21 May 2011
Date Written: 1983
Because of the inherent nature of the insanity defense, it is only raised in media-attracting cases. This media attention skews public perception of the use and value of the defense and, consequently, skews the demand for improving the defense. Professor Britton and Mr. Bennett examine the proposal of "guilty but mentally ill" in light of criticisms of the insanity defense and conclude that it will increase rather than minimize present shortcomings of the insanity defense.
Keywords: insanity, mental illness, criminal law
JEL Classification: K14
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Britton, Ann Hartwell and Bennett, Richard J., Adopt Guilty But Mentally Ill? – No! (1983). University of Toledo Law Review, Vol. 15, p. 203, 1983. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1838705