Kahler v. Kansas: Narrowing the Insanity Defense
Geo. Wash. L. Rev. On the Docket (Oct. Term 2019)
4 Pages Posted: 16 May 2020
Date Written: April 1, 2020
This article analyzes the Supreme Court's recent decision in Kahler v. Kansas, which upheld a Kansas statute barring evidence of insanity as a defense except insofar as it negates the element of mens rea. The article compares Kahler to the Court's decision in Clark v. Arizona. It also addresses the question whether there is a constitutional right of criminal defendants to assert an insanity defense."
Keywords: insanity defense, Kahler, definition of insanity, mens rea
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