Compulsive Gambling as a Criminal Defense

Gaming Law Review, Vol. 4, No. 4, p. 333, 2000

7 Pages Posted: 3 Jun 2013

See all articles by Ronald J. Rychlak

Ronald J. Rychlak

University of Mississippi, School of Law

Julie Jarrell

University of Mississippi - School of Law

Date Written: September 17, 2000

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Rychlak, Ronald J. and Jarrell, Julie, Compulsive Gambling as a Criminal Defense (September 17, 2000). Gaming Law Review, Vol. 4, No. 4, p. 333, 2000. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1929611

Ronald J. Rychlak (Contact Author)

University of Mississippi, School of Law ( email )

Lamar Law Center
P.O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677
United States
662 915 6841 (Phone)
662 915 6842 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://law.olemiss.edu/faculty_profiles/faculty_rychlak.html

Julie Jarrell

University of Mississippi - School of Law

Lamar Law Center
P.O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677
United States

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