John Hinckley, Jr. (born May 29, 1955) attempted to assassinate U.S. President Ronald Reagan in Washington, D.C., on March 30, 1981, as the culmination of an effort to impress teen actress Jodie Foster.
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The criminal culpability of people with mental illness has long been hotly debated. Recently, the “insanity defense” has received particular scrutiny as John W. Hinckley, who shot President Ronald Reagan in 1981, has been released from the inpatient mental facility where he has lived since 1982. Many think the insanity defense Hinckley used allowed him to get off without facing the consequences of his actions. where did the insanity defense come from? illness, law
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Despite the popular perception that those who kill must be insane, it is pretty rare for a killer to actually mount a successful insanity defense. Some on this list are famous American cases. Some went to trial with an insanity defense and rightly so with evidence of mental illness being the driving force behind their crimes. Others, however, saw the defense of insanity as a get out clause to side step responsibility for taking the life of another.