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What constitutes insanity Currently legal experts are pondering over this question More specifically though many are questioning the issue of the insanity defense its credibility and whether or not it should be abolished When one speaks of the insanity defense the MNaughten rule comes to mind The MNaughten rule is a required test that a jury must find that the defendant did not know the nature of the act that he or she could not tell right from wrong Katsh 1998 Those who believe in the MNaughten rule such as Richard Bonnie are in favor of the insanity defense Contrary to the MNaughten rule some believe that there are individuals who can distinguish between good and evil but still cannot control their behavior Bonnie believes that the abolition of the insanity defense is immoral and leaves no alternative for those who are unaware and responsible for their actions On the other hand Jonathan Rowe feels that the insanity defense should be abolished Rowe believes that it is used by white middle- or upper class defendants and basically it leads to unfair results Katsh 1998 Tremendous amounts of controversy and criticism surround the issue of the insanity defense Jonathan Rowe examines its credibility and makes several valid points as to why the insanity defense should be abolished First and foremost Rowe believes that the only solution to questions surrounding the insanity defense is the complete abolition of its existence Rowe first addresses the idea of so-called forensic psychiatrists These psychiatrists according to Rowe show up in trial and attempt to display their specialty skills in the mental health field Katsh 1998 In other words Rowe does not believe in a psychiatrists ability to assess an individuals state of mind at the time a crime was committed This is the only portion of Rowes argument that I do not agree with Being a psychology major and hoping to enter the forensic field I believe that a psychiatrist
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