Forensic Mental Health: The Insanity Defense

Introduction:

The insanity defense generally relates to those considered to not be of a sound mind at the time that they commit their offense. This assignment will explore different aspects of the insanity defense.

Instructions:

From recent news publications, select two individuals with mental health issues who were involved in a forensic mental health situation, or who could have been involved given the circumstances surrounding the incident. Focus on citing information from news articles for this assignment.

  • Describe an appropriate claim for each situation found in the news articles (for example, competency to stand trial, insanity).
  • Describe the clues from the news articles that might indicate a mental impairment in both cases.
  • Describe how a forensic evaluator, would determine whether the legal criteria for an insanity defense were met in both cases.
  • Describe the relationship between mental health and the legal system, using news articles as references.
  • Describe the ethical concerns involved in both cases in the news articles.

Special Instructions:

Create a 2 page essay in APA format according to the instructions above. Use 2 current news articles for references. Utilize in-text citations.

 

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