Posted: November 10th, 2015
Court Alternatives for the Mentally ILL
You are part of a fact finding panel for your state court system. The court has a
concern over the methods in which persons who are mentally ill violent offenders
are handled. You are charged with selecting a modern court case (past 30 years) in
which a sanity issue arose regarding a violent offender. The case may involve a Not
Guilty by Reason of Insanity Plea, or it may involve a directive by the court for a
sanity hearing. You may also select a case with a court consideration of idiot
status was determined.
You must prepare a briefing report on the methods that were used to assess the
defendant by the court in the case you selected. Discuss the outcome of the case
and the mechanism that resulted in the defendant’s evaluation for sanity.
In a 3 page position paper, respond to the following:
Articulate the mental disorder(s) being considered by the court in the case that
you selected, and why this disorder would make the defendant unfit for trial.
Explain the relationship between the actions and behavior that would cause the
court to remand the defendant for a mental evaluation.
Evaluate the outcome of the case you selected in terms of the defendant, the
victim, and the community.
Critique the court’s decision in the case you selected. Choose 1 of the following:
Support the court’s correct decision.
Challenge the court’s decision with your supported reasons.
It is critical that, when you make a statement of fact in your presentation, you
cite the reference that you used to obtain the information from. Do this in the
text of the paper, and then include the reference in your References page.
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