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Stop the Insanity Loop-holes have always been an important part of defense in the court of law This has played a promising and somewhat reliable source for the accused It is unfortunate that these loop-holes have accounted for many acquittals and hung juries Among the variety of loop-holes used in the courts the most common is the insanity defense This term refers to a plea that defendants are not guilty because they lacked the mental capacity to realize that they committed a wrong or appreciate why it was wrong Martin 1 However it does not stop here The insanity plea opens up other obscure defenses such as temporary insanity thus leaving the defendant with a wide-range of excuses to prove in every effort that he or she is right It is clear that the insanity plea should be taken away from the rights of the accused First of all this defense allows anyone in their right mind to plead insane Secondly there is no hope for the judge or the jury to make a truly right decision concerning the intentions of the defendant Lastly the accused that find out the insanity defense has become promising and are acquitted for their wrong doings are sent to mental institutions for a short period of time then released into the community to commit the same crime again The most important problem with the insanity defense is that anyone can plead insane Sure one has to be deemed insane by a professional psychiatrist but there is no specific guideline in saying who is insane and who is not For years the APA American Psychiatric Association has tried to tighten the guidelines of this mental confusion concerning court trials However by the great amount of grief and pressure inflicted on a defendant it would be easy to convince oneself to be insane And as Forensic Psychiatrist Jonas Rapperport said When youve got no better defense thats the way to
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