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American justice tries insanity

  1. Sep 14, 2006 #1
    A diagnostically insane person commits what might otherwise be considered a capital crime. Often in our country, however, he is forced to take medicine after the fact in an attempt to make him legally sane, so he can face execution. How can American courts justify this action, and how can a doctor participate with it?
     
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  3. Sep 14, 2006 #2
    No, if you were legally insane when you did the crime, you can't be put to death after you are 'healed'.

    You always ask some odd questions, like heartless. :smile:
     
  4. Sep 15, 2006 #3
    http://pn.psychiatryonline.org/cgi/content/full/36/7/18


    http://www.nyadp.org/main/Advocate405.html

    http://www.nami.org/Content/ContentGroups/Press_Room1/2006/Press_Releases_January2006/Amnesty_Internationals_Report_on_the_Death_Penalty_and_Serious_Mental_Illness.htm

    Just Google with the search terms "death penalty," "mental illness" and "forcibly medicated" together.
     
  5. Sep 17, 2006 #4

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    If that's true then it makes no sense at all. Mens rea at the time of commission should be what matters.

    Then again, if you disbelieve in free will, the whole question becomes moot, even for a "sane" person.
     
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