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Everyone has problems.

Everyone has problems.

Every criminal defendant can point to some deficiency in intelligence, personality, or moral training which contributed to (caused?) his crime. Most can point to a history of poverty, poor education, and broken homes. Many have been beaten by family members, abused drugs, or suffered psychological abuse.

Should these problems excuse criminal conduct?

Why do we allow an insanity defense, and not allow a defense of "persistent poverty" or "chronic stupidity"?

from my criminal law textbook

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allie_cat_01
Sep. 26th, 2005 03:25 am (UTC)
Its all a matter of policy....given the fact that a large portion of the countries citizens suffer from some deficit, or poverty, or what have you, we would essentially be giving everyone an excuse.

Im not 100% for the insanity defense, but in some cases, i do believe that mental illness prevents people from being able to form criminal intent. In a very small number of cases. I think I am more in favor of the guilty but mentally ill conviction.

Crim law is awesome...:)
91angels
Sep. 26th, 2005 05:51 am (UTC)
Your honor, I plead "dude comes from circumstances" to the first charge and "bitch had it comeing to her" for the second.
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