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7th Nov '16 2:45:54 AM Ezclee4050
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* In 1970 Twiggs Lyndon, the road manager of Music/TheAllmanBrothersBand, got in a fight with Buffalo, New York nightclub owner Angelo Aliotta, after Aliotta paid the band just $500 of a $1000 guarantee. In the middle of the fracas Lyndon stabbed Aliotta, who died a short time later. At the trial, Lyndon's lawyer argued that being the manager of a band that heavily indulged in SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll had affected his sanity. As proof they called bassist Berry Oakley to the stand, where he admitted to regularly using drugs, including ''right before he came to the courtroom''. Lyndon was acquitted of first degree murder, given credit for time served, and sentenced to a few months in a psychiatric hospital. Then [[HereWeGoAgain he went back to managing the Allmans]].
4th Nov '16 6:26:50 PM trentongm
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* Not only is it very difficult to successfully argue insanity, in many cases it only makes the situation worse for the defendant. In some US states, being declared unfit only delays the trial, which must resume if the accused is the be released from custody; and since mental health hospitals are rare these days, this time will probably be spent in the prison that the offender would have been sent to anyway. Also, inmates who are "civil commits" have special restrictions that limit contact with properly convicted inmates, which would lead to a lonely (and indefinite) prison term.
17th Oct '16 4:50:27 PM CL
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** Carnage used to get sent to Ravencroft Asylum because of this. However this eventually stopped and he's now sent to supervillain prisons like the Raft when caught, since Ravencroft doesn't have the proper resources to contain him now that he has superpowers and he violently rebukes treatment anyways.

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** Carnage used Serial killer Cletus Kasady was originally sentenced to get sent Ryker's Island, but after becoming ComicBook/{{Carnage}} he started being shipped to the Ravencroft Asylum because of this. However this eventually stopped and he's now sent to supervillain prisons like the Raft when caught, since Ravencroft doesn't have the proper resources to contain him now that he has Institute instead, as acquiring superpowers exacerbated his nihilistic belief system to psychotic levels. He does not believe that the horrible things that he does are wrong, because he sees law and order and existence itself as pointless, and it's everyone else who is crazy and stupid for not seeing the truth; that we should all do whatever we want because nothing matters and there's no such thing as morality, and to think otherwise is unnatural and delusional. As Ravencroft became less and less equipped to handle him, he violently rebukes treatment anyways.started being locked away in specialized facilities (like the Raft) with other villains, crazy or not.
17th Oct '16 4:02:40 PM CL
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** A similar case in the below mentioned ''SVU'' had a spree killer be sentenced to a psychiatric facility until he is deemed fit to stand trial (which will likely never occur) after it is discovered that his erratic behavior and murders were caused by his mind being destroyed by a now terminal case of Syphilis, which an insurance company had detected during an exam, but failed to inform him of.
9th Oct '16 6:15:11 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', when Princess Jasmine disguised as a commoner accidentally steals an apple, Aladdin saves her from getting her hand chopped off by claiming she's his sister and insane. Jasmine quickly plays along.
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* In ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', when Princess Jasmine disguised as a commoner accidentally steals an apple, Aladdin saves her from getting her hand chopped off by claiming she's his sister and insane. Jasmine quickly plays along.
31st Aug '16 8:17:38 AM PixelKnight
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* ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' had an AmoralAttorney pressure his client into using an insanity defense. [[spoiler:It worked, but the defendant's life was ruined as a result, when he could have been found Not Guilty because he hadn't committed the crime. So he killed the attorney fifteen years later]].

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* ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' had an AmoralAttorney pressure his client into using an insanity defense. [[spoiler:It [[spoiler: [[DeconstructedTrope It worked, but the defendant's life was ruined as a result, when he could have been found Not Guilty because he hadn't committed the crime. crime.]] So he killed the attorney fifteen years later]].
23rd Aug '16 8:41:39 AM JackG
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* ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice''. Lex Luthor (who certainly is suffering from an AmbiguousDisorder) claims he's too crazy to stand trial after being thrown into prison. His smugness slips a fraction when Batman agrees...and informs Luthor that he's being shipped to Arkham Asylum, where Batman has some friends who'll make Luthor's life unpleasant.
12th Aug '16 8:59:11 PM Fireblood
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* John Hinckley, Jr. attempted to assassinate UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan and is one of the few "successful" insanity defense stories. The verdict led to widespread dismay; as a result, the U.S. Congress and a number of states rewrote laws regarding the insanity defense. Idaho, Montana, and Utah have abolished the defense altogether. The dismay is ironic, as he has been in a mental institution for over 30 years, probably more time than he would have spent in prison if convicted, certainly longer than many "sane" murderers spend in prison. Judging by what he did before the attempt and the way he defended himself during trial, he had been everything but sane. Unfortunately, the only way to be sure is to release him now and provide the logistics needed to trace back his obsession-JodieFoster-if [[TheDeterminator he could cling to it for 32 years and still not give up]], he's too insane to count.

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* John Hinckley, Jr. attempted to assassinate UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan and is one of the few "successful" insanity defense stories. The verdict led to widespread dismay; as a result, the U.S. Congress and a number of states rewrote laws regarding the insanity defense. Idaho, Montana, and Utah have abolished the defense altogether. The dismay is ironic, as he has been in a mental institution for over 30 years, probably more time than he would have spent in prison if convicted, certainly longer than many "sane" murderers spend in prison. Judging by what he did before the attempt and the way he defended himself during trial, he had been everything but sane. Unfortunately, the only way to be sure is to release him now and provide the logistics needed to trace back his obsession-JodieFoster-if [[TheDeterminator he could cling to it for 32 35 years and still not give up]], he's too insane to count.count. In August 2016, it was announced that Hinckley would be released, so we'll possibly see now.
12th Aug '16 8:52:05 PM Fireblood
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* The MadeForTVMovie ''Film/TheBurningBed'' is a good example of a well-supported "temporary insanity" plea. The film is BasedOnATrueStory , and in RealLife, Francine Hughes was acquitted.

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* The MadeForTVMovie ''Film/TheBurningBed'' is a good example of a well-supported "temporary insanity" plea. The film is BasedOnATrueStory , BasedOnATrueStory, and in RealLife, Francine Hughes was acquitted. acquitted.


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* ''Series/{{Accused}}'': {{Discussed}} in "Stephen's Story". Stephen's attorney wants him to get a psychiatric examination so they can prove he was insane at the time of his crime (he's clearly a schizophrenic). Stephen refuses though, denying he's mentally ill and claiming what happened was justified to defend himself and his family. This doesn't work, and he gets convicted of attempted murder.
18th Jul '16 11:09:39 AM Doug86
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** DependingOnTheWriter, Poison Ivy may be a valid case. NeilGaiman's origin story strongly implied that [[RapeAsBackstory Jason Woodrue raped and experimented on her]] to the point that her original identity is barely a memory, and her current personality is either a trapped plant spirit or so warped that it believes such, making her thought processes so alien that the only one who really "gets" her is HarleyQuinn.

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** DependingOnTheWriter, Poison Ivy may be a valid case. NeilGaiman's Creator/NeilGaiman's origin story strongly implied that [[RapeAsBackstory Jason Woodrue raped and experimented on her]] to the point that her original identity is barely a memory, and her current personality is either a trapped plant spirit or so warped that it believes such, making her thought processes so alien that the only one who really "gets" her is HarleyQuinn.
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