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Adopt Guilty But Mentally Ill? – No!

30 Pages Posted: 13 May 2011 Last revised: 21 May 2011

Ann Hartwell Britton

Widener University Delaware Law School

Richard J. Bennett

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: 1983

Abstract

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

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

Ann Britton (Contact Author)

Widener University Delaware Law School ( email )

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Richard J. Bennett

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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