Closing Arguments - Episode 12 (The Insanity Defense)
In the season finale of Closing Arguments, we’re diving into one of the most controversial topics within a courtroom: The Insanity Defense.
You’ve seen this defense play out within TV and movies, but how does it really work in the real world? We'll explore every avenue of this affirmative defense, including John's very own experiences with defending a client using the insanity defense!
Sit back, relax, and enjoy an exciting season finale!
0:06 - Introduction and overview on the topic of the show
4:09 - When the insanity defense was first recorded within criminal law
7:50 - These cases were primarily surrounding life or death instances
12:30 - Where the rules around an insanity defense case stemmed from
16:00 - Temporary insanity and how this plays out in a courtroom
22:58 - The shifting of burden within an insanity defense
27:42 - The current state of insanity pleas within American law today
35:14 - When someone should plead insanity within a case
38:55 - Who determines insanity?
45:45 - The ripple effect of an acquittal when using an insanity defense
48:20 - When can someone be declared sane later in life
53:50 - How you can get in touch with Jack's team
55:40 - Closing remarks
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