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2011-06-02 22:36:54

Just before 10:00 a.m. on June 20, 2001, a uniformed police officer was dispatched to do what he thought was a routine welfare check at a home in Houston, Texas. When the officer met Andrea Yates at the door, she immediately told him, "I just killed my kids." When Yates was later asked why she drowned her five children, she claimed she had to in order to save them from hell. The police would learn that Yates had been suffering from long-term post-partum depression and psychosis. Nearly 10...

2009-08-10 15:33:00

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The Los Angeles criminal defense lawyers at KESTENBAUM EISNER & GORIN, LLP (www.KEGLawyers.com) successfully obtained "Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity Verdicts" in two Southern California courtrooms, likely the only defense firm to do so anywhere in the United States. The Insanity defense is rarely successfully presented in Los Angeles courts, as California law places a high burden of proof on the criminal defense lawyers to show that the...

2008-10-10 09:00:52

By Linda Thomson Deseret News In courtrooms throughout the state, it's not uncommon for someone to be declared "incompetent" to stand trial and, according to the law, they must be sent to the Utah State Hospital for treatment. What actually happens, however, is that some of those defendants often end up on a hospital waiting list for a period of time and usually are jailed until a bed opens up at the hospital. The good news is that since a 2007 state audit, the hospital has been...

2007-06-18 15:00:00

David B. Sullivan walked into a McDonald's restaurant last year and did what most people would think of as "insane": He went up to a teenage employee, witnesses said, and knifed her for no apparent reason. The victim, Anna Svidersky, died. But keep one thing in mind when Sullivan, 29, and two other Vancouver residents go on trial this year for equally chilling crimes: A defendant can be insane in the colloquial sense but not the legal one. Despite advances in brain research that have shed...

2006-06-29 13:07:11

By James Vicini WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A divided U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld an Arizona law that limits the use of the insanity defense, an important issue in the country's criminal justice system. By a 6-3 vote, the high court dealt a defeat to a schizophrenic teenager convicted of killing a police officer. It rejected the argument by his lawyers that the law unconstitutionally restricted the evidence they could introduce at trial of his mental illness. The justices also...

2006-02-02 11:25:00

By Erwin Seba HOUSTON -- Andrea Yates, the Texas mother awaiting retrial for drowning her five children, was released from jail on $200,000 bail on Thursday on condition she goes directly to a mental health facility for treatment. Yates, who has been behind bars since the June 20, 2001, killings, said nothing as she walked out of Harris County Jail accompanied by her attorney, George Parnham, got into a car and was driven away. She was wearing civilian clothes and clutching a paper bag...

2005-12-05 14:28:58

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court said on Monday that it would decide a challenge by a convicted murderer arguing that an Arizona law unconstitutionally limits the use of the insanity defense. His attorney had urged the high court to hear the appeal because the issue affected "a growing number of states that have in the recent past abolished the insanity defense completely or severely limited its application." The attorney said the case presented issues of "national...


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