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Supreme Court rules states can eliminate insanity defense
The Hill ^ | 03 23 2020 | Harper Neidig

Posted on 03/23/2020 8:08:37 AM PDT by yesthatjallen

The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that states can effectively eliminate the insanity defense for criminal defendants who suffer from mental illness.

The 6-3 ruling holds that a Kansas law preventing the exoneration of defendants who claim a diminished mental state is not unconstitutional.

In an unusual alignment for the bench, Justice Elena Kagan, considered among the more liberal justices, wrote the majority opinion and was joined by her five conservative colleagues. Three liberal justices — Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg — dissented.

"Defining the precise relationship between criminal culpability and mental illness involves examining the workings of the brain, the purposes of the criminal law, the ideas of free will and responsibility," Kagan wrote. "It is a project demanding hard choices among values, in a context replete with uncertainty, even at a single moment in time. And it is a project, if any is, that should be open to revision over time, as new medical knowledge emerges and as legal and moral norms evolve.

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KEYWORDS: capitalpunishment; communistgoals; crime; insanitydefense; insanityplea; supremecourt
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1 posted on 03/23/2020 8:08:37 AM PDT by yesthatjallen
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bringing back the guilty for reasons of insanity.

now to be able to punish them for the crimes.


2 posted on 03/23/2020 8:09:55 AM PDT by teeman8r (Armageddon won't be pretty, but it's not like it's the end of the world)
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In an unusual alignment for the bench, Justice Elena Kagan, considered among the more liberal justices, wrote the majority opinion and was joined by her five conservative colleagues. Three liberal justices — Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg — dissented.

Wait, didn't Roberts tell us that judges aren't liberal or conservative?

3 posted on 03/23/2020 8:11:46 AM PDT by IncPen ("Inside of every progressive is a Totalitarian screaming to get out" ~ David Horowitz)
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Does this app;y to Democrats? /sarc


4 posted on 03/23/2020 8:11:56 AM PDT by LOC1 (Its the Economy, Stupid !)
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To: yesthatjallen

Paging Chico Marx.


5 posted on 03/23/2020 8:12:33 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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Lawyer: “Sorry Mickey, you can’t divorce Minnie because she’s crazy.”

Mickry: “I didn’t say she was crazy; I said she’s f**king Goofy.”


6 posted on 03/23/2020 8:15:25 AM PDT by budj (Combat vet, 2nd of three generations.)
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> Paging Chico Marx. <

I can’t name a single one of today’s popular singers. But I caught your reference immediately.


7 posted on 03/23/2020 8:18:45 AM PDT by Leaning Right (I have already previewed or do not wish to preview this composition.)
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more so than others.


8 posted on 03/23/2020 8:19:35 AM PDT by teeman8r (Armageddon won't be pretty, but it's not like it's the end of the world)
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Does this mean Hillary will no longer be able to plead, “But I’m a DEMOCRAT!”?


9 posted on 03/23/2020 8:22:11 AM PDT by Mr Rogers (Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools)
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“The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that states can effectively eliminate the insanity defense for criminal defendants who suffer from mental illness”

BRAVO!!


10 posted on 03/23/2020 8:24:48 AM PDT by kenmcg (tHE WHOLE)
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Kagan in full “living constitution” mode.


11 posted on 03/23/2020 8:26:31 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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Bad news for Joe Biden.


12 posted on 03/23/2020 8:26:57 AM PDT by Moonman62 (http://www.freerepublic.com/~moonman62/)
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BALIFF: “You are hereby charged that, on the night of September 14th, you did willfully, with malice and forethought, sexually assault a 14 year old girl. How do you plead?”

LESLIE HORWINKLE: “Insanity”

BALIFF: “Insanity?”

LESLIE HORWINKLE: “That’s right, insanity....I’m just crazy about that girl...”


13 posted on 03/23/2020 8:28:30 AM PDT by dfwgator (Endut! Hoch Hech!)
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Kavanaugh and gorsuch were worth the hassle..


14 posted on 03/23/2020 8:32:02 AM PDT by max americana (Fired ONE libtard at work at every election since 2008 because I enjoy them crying)
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To: Mr Rogers
Does this mean Hillary will no longer be able to plead, “But I’m a DEMOCRAT!”?

LOL - good one.

15 posted on 03/23/2020 8:38:22 AM PDT by GOPJ ( http://www.tinyurl.com/cvirusmap https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfeZlKu8M7A)
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To: Verginius Rufus

Erery-a-body knows, there ain’t no Sanity Claus!


16 posted on 03/23/2020 8:42:24 AM PDT by fhayek
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpYEJx7PkWE


17 posted on 03/23/2020 8:45:55 AM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: yesthatjallen
Neuroscientists seem to be coalescing upon an opinion that we don't have free will. We are just machines and the illusion of free will is just a form of evolutionary adaption that is a helpful fantasy.

In the short run this supreme court opinion might seem to be a plus for conservatism as we eliminate what we believe to be phoney insanity defenses.

However, in the long run this opinion may be the first line of attack on those of us who believe that people should be held responsible for their actions. This opinion, and those that follow, could cause us to empty prisons and replace them with rehab centers or even worse reeducation camps. We could start seeing something very similar to what was outlined in "A Clockwork Orange".

18 posted on 03/23/2020 8:48:21 AM PDT by who_would_fardels_bear
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Wait, didn't Roberts tell us that judges aren't liberal or conservative?

Chief Justice Penaltax says many dumb things.

19 posted on 03/23/2020 8:50:23 AM PDT by Repeal 16-17 (Let me know when the Shooting starts.)
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Justice Kagan has joined the Conservative Justices in many cases where previously the Liberal Justices would be unified. Perhaps she is more reasonable than her fellow Liberal Justices.


20 posted on 03/23/2020 8:54:14 AM PDT by Repeal 16-17 (Let me know when the Shooting starts.)
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