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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...

2008-10-02 03:00:41

By Coy, Jason P SECTION 4 DISEASE Madness, Religion and the State in Early Modem Europe: A Bavarian Beacon. By David Lederer (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006. xix plus 361 pp. $90.00). In Madness, Religion, and the State, David Lederer examines the role of "spiritual physic"-pastoral care provided by the clergy-in the treatment of mental disorders in early modern Bavaria, as well as the contribution of these religious remedies to modern psychology and psychoanalysis. Analyzing...

2008-06-17 00:00:31

The Associated Press BEL AIR, Md. - Kevin G. Johns Jr. was in prison for murdering his uncle when he killed a fellow inmate and then, a year later, strangled another. Now he's been judged insane, prompting questions about whether he can be safely housed in a state hospital where patients sleep in unlocked rooms and are encouraged to mingle. Fears for patient and staff safety are complicating Johns' commitment to the state-run Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center in Jessup, just south of...

2006-07-27 12:23:28

HOUSTON (Reuters) - A Texas judge committed Andrea Yates to a state mental hospital on Thursday, one day after she was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the 2001 murders of her five children. Yates, 42, showed no emotion during the brief hearing in which Judge Belinda Hill issued the order sending her to the state hospital in Vernon, Texas, 186 miles northwest of Dallas, for a 30-day evaluation of her mental state. Defense attorney George Parnham said he expects that after...

2006-07-27 12:05:52

HOUSTON (Reuters) - A Texas judge committed Andrea Yates to a state mental hospital on Thursday, one day after she was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the 2001 murders of her five children. Yates, 42, showed no emotion during the brief hearing in which Judge Belinda Hill issued the order sending her to the state hospital in Vernon, Texas, 186 miles northwest of Dallas, for a 30-day evaluation of her mental state. Defense attorney George Parnham said he expects that after...

2006-07-26 13:46:43

HOUSTON (Reuters) - A jury on Wednesday found Texas mother Andrea Yates not guilty by reason of insanity in the drownings of her five children, ages 6 months to 7 years, in the bathtub of their Houston home five years ago. The decision means Yates, 42, will go to a state mental hospital for treatment until a judge decides she is sane enough to be released, a process which could take years. Yates, who is being treated with anti-psychotic drugs, looked stunned and tears welled up in...

2006-07-26 12:10:00

HOUSTON (Reuters) - A jury on Wednesday found Texas mother Andrea Yates not guilty by reason of insanity in the drowning of her five children in the bathtub of their Houston home five years ago. The decision means Yates, 42, will go to a state mental hospital for treatment until a judge decides she is sane enough to be released, a process which could take years. Yates was found guilty in a 2002 trial and sentenced to life in prison. She had to be retried after the conviction was overturned...

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...


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