Compulsive Gambling as a Criminal Defense
Gaming Law Review, Vol. 4, No. 4, p. 333, 2000
7 Pages Posted: 3 Jun 2013
Date Written: September 17, 2000
Imagine finding out your attorney has misappropriated a settlement that was paid as a result of the lawsuit you filed last year. Better yet, he has now asserted as his defense that he has a gambling problem. His compulsion has caused him to lose all control and head to the local slot machines. Surely, this cannot be a legitimate legal strategy. While the courts, as well as social scientists, are split regarding the matter, litigants have asserted this type of defense for over a decade. Courts which initially rejected the concept are beginning to give it more attention.
Keywords: compulsive gambling, American Psychiatric Association (APA), mental disorder, addictions, insanity defense
JEL Classification: K49
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