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  •  You sent me to Wikipedia... (5+ / 0-)
    You write,

    insanity is actually only a legal term and not really indicative of mental illness, stating that for some reason the defendant was not mentally equipped to understand the nature of his/her crime

    I had trouble believing that the legal term had nothing to do with mental illness -- particularly when the term 'incompetent' is also used.

    According to Wikipedia,

    In United States criminal law, [...]  All jurisdictions require a sanity evaluation to address the question first of whether or not the defendant has a mental illness. Most courts accept a major mental illness such as psychosis but will not accept the diagnosis of a personality disorder for the purposes of an insanity defense.

    That sounds like the word -- even as a legal term -- is indicative of a mental illness.

    Would you join a whites-only country club? Then would you marry in the United States?

    by osterizer on Fri Jun 12, 2009 at 07:02:05 PM PDT

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