This was later carried out through twenty-six other states, including the U.S., which created a precedent against the execution of the mentally ill in 1986. Even though the mentally ill cannot be executed, if the person who claimed mental illness is no longer mentally ill he or she can be executed. While the insanity plea proves that some criminals are mentally unstable, it should be used with caution because many convicted criminals abuse it during court cases, imitate being mentally ill during an examination, and are able to avoid the death penalty. Despite that the insanity plea can potentially help someone in defense for a mental illness case, many people can also take advantage of these precedents to alleviate their trials. The public in most insanity plea cases, do not typically agree with the rulings because most criminals use the
This is especially a concern in the case of murder and determining whether the defendant was legally insane or guilty, but mentally ill. These two scenarios can have very different outcomes whether the defendant will serve their time in prison or in a mental institution, but also on the length of the sentence. In the case of John DuPont, the jury had to determine whether DuPont was sane or legally insane at the time of the crime, but also whether he was mentally ill. After DuPont was later determined competent to stand trial (after months of treatment with antipsychotic medication), the jury was inundated with testimony that was able to establish patterns of DuPont’s behavior that did not necessarily prove he was insane, but could establish he was mentally ill.
This number is only going to get worse if our current legal system doesn't do anything to fix it. One major problem with our current legal system is the abuse of victims false confessions. Many victims are starting to give false confessions for a crime they were charged with. A research study from Brandon
They are either given tickets and left off with a warning or spend 1 night in jail some of the cases like vandalism will require them to do community service and others like drug possession can land them into jail for a few years. Then there are bigger crimes that are more serious like murder, manslaughter, rape, Assault with the intention of killing, Arson etc. These offences come with harsh punishment like life imprisonment, many years in prison sometimes if a person has murdered someone multiple times they are known as serial killers and will be taken into death penalty. Ways they caught suspected criminals in the middle ages
Imagine one day being wrongfully accused of a crime and sent to jail without a fair trial or even a proper representative in court. That seems a little unjust, does it not? Unfortunately, many people in the past were imprisoned and killed for crimes they did not commit like in the Salem Witch Trials or the Scottsboro Trials. Even though the Salem Witch Trials and Scottsboro Trials were over two-hundred years apart, there are many similarities between them.
Throughout the trial Steve loses his positivity, and he becomes very negative towards the whole trial because of the oppressive nature of his environment. Steve becomes negative and loses hope of ever getting out. Throughout the book Monster, Steve becomes negative and hopeless, and and starts to dislike his life. During the book, Steve expressed in one of his journal entries, “I am maybe on the verge of losing my life, or the life I used to have” (Myers 203).
His sentence is changed from manslaughter and he has now been sentenced to 18-20 years in prison for manslaughter, followed by four to five years in prison for illegal possession of a firearm. (Ryan, 2013) During a trial, the evidence is again presented to a court of law or a jury. Being sentenced to Capital Punishment is very unlikely to happen for Burke, as the state of Massachusetts has abolished Capital Punishment and only uses it in very severe cases where the suspect is tried federally (McCarthy, 2014) instead of regionally, like the Boston Bomber Case. Burke most likely got this sentence, because he pleaded guilty, possibly after enough evidence was gathered to prove his guilt and thereby “has taken responsibility for shooting the victim, resulting in his death, over what appears to have been a dispute about money” (Boston.com, 2013)
He says the defendant accused of murder was let off and “eight years later they found out that he’d actually done it, anyway” (12). Prejudice clouds a person’s judgement and does not allow the individual to see all the facts. It only allows them to
On May 7, 1973 Edmund Kemper III stood in court for his trial. Edmund had attempted suicide twice with a pen or parts of a pen while in custody, but survived both. His trial resumed on October 23, 1973. Under truth serum, Ed confessed to cannibalism, slicing strips of their legs and putting it in a casserole. He had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, however three court appointed psychiatrist found him legally sane.
Interrogation Assignment This documentary showcases a number of police interrogations that are problematic. The one that I believe is the most egregious is the interrogation of twelve year old Thomas Cogdell in the murder of his little sister, Kaylee. His entire interrogation was one big violation of his constitutional rights, not to mention it verged on psychological torture.
On the 14th of October 2011, Mr Rayney had submitted an application for a trial which only involved a judge without a jury present. This was due Mr. Rayney assuming that a strong bias had been manifested pre-trial as a result of the subjective publicity revolving around the death of his wife, Corryn(The Conversation, 2012). Therefore, the jury and any member of the public would already have preconceived views in favour of Mr Rayney being guilty of murdering his wife. The trial was successful for Mr Rayney where he was acquitted of murdering his wife. Similarly, this issue is somewhat common as it had also occurred in the case Evans v The State of Western Australia  WASCA 182, in which both appellants had made appeals after being convicted for murder.
He had confessed to the crimes, but his state of insanity started to be questioned. Gacy had told people that he committed those crimes with a different personality. Gacy later on was found guilty for 33 murders of young men, and was said that he wasn’t insane. He was sentenced to 12 death sentences and 21 natural life sentences. Gacy was executed by Lethal Injection on May 9th, 1994.
However, his fellow partner in crime could not deal with the guilt and agony of the crime, so he later confesses to the police. Hansen was sentenced to three years in Iowa Men’s Reformatory; however he only served 20 months. It was also recommended that Hansen receive psychiatric treatment. Hansen agreed to the treatment; he opened up to the psychiatrist and explained his compulsion to set fires. Unfortunately Hansen soon realized that his prosecutors were using the information he was telling to the psychiatrists’ against him in court.
Most mentally ill people who are convicted on capital charges should not be executed, for three such reasons. Firstly, the executions would violate equal protection of the laws in any jurisdiction in which execution of children and people with mental illness of any kind that psychologically cannot fully comprehend what they are committing is barred. Secondly, many death sentences imposed on people with mental illness violate due process more so because their mental illness is treated by the aggravating factor, either directly or to create a separate aggravating circumstance. Thirdly, many mentally ill offenders, who are sentenced to death, will be so impaired to what is fully going on at the time of execution that they can not emotionally understand the significance of their punishment. Thus, they cannot be executed under the eighth amendment; Regarding this, the latter conclusion is required even if they are cured through some sort of treatment.
After hearing the outcome for Dustin, I remain appalled. There are laws and ways things are handled, but I don’t understand how we could let things that aren’t right settle in. Dustin is partly innocent, he didn’t murder Jennifer Evans that night, he’s served time for unjust sentencing, and the man is at least a good person especially now after this has happened. Let justice win, free