History Main / InsanityDefense

31st Oct '17 2:37:07 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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* ''Literature/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest'': [=McMurphy=] ''claims'' he's insane to get transferred to the institution to serve out the rest of his sentence in cushy surroundings, and is more than a little alarmed when he realizes that 'the rest of his sentence' is no longer the few months he thought it was, but when the doctors decide that he's no longer a threat to himself or others -- which, considering [[MuggingTheMonster he's pissed off]] [[BattleaxeNurse the evil Nurse Ratchet]], could mean an indefinite stay.

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* ''Literature/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest'': Deconstructed (at least in the 'Declared insane= gets off basically scott-free' aspect) in ''Literature/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest''. Randle Patrick [=McMurphy=] ''claims'' tries to invoke this and pretends to be insane in order to use this defense because he's insane to get transferred to the institution too lazy to serve out the rest of his a rather light sentence in cushy surroundings, and is more than on a little alarmed when work farm. When he gets to the asylum, he quickly realizes that 'the rest of his sentence' is no longer [[BedlamHouse the few months he thought it was, but when asylum is way worse than the doctors decide that he's no longer a threat to himself or others -- prison would be]], patients don't have set sentences after which they go free and must stay until declared well- which, considering [[MuggingTheMonster he's pissed off]] [[BattleaxeNurse off the evil Nurse Ratchet]], could mean an indefinite stay.Ratched (the reason the place is so awful) is probably not going to happen for him.
13th Oct '17 9:04:54 AM Malady
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* [[CanadianHistory Louis Riel]]'s lawyers wanted him to plead insanity to be found not guilty of treason. People will never know if it would have worked, because Riel wanted to use his time in court as a final opportunity to make public the natives' problems. He was found guilty and hanged.

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* [[CanadianHistory [[UsefulNotes/CanadianHistory Louis Riel]]'s lawyers wanted him to plead insanity to be found not guilty of treason. People will never know if it would have worked, because Riel wanted to use his time in court as a final opportunity to make public the natives' problems. He was found guilty and hanged.
23rd Sep '17 8:44:38 PM nombretomado
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* Aversion in ''Film/{{Nuts}}'', where BarbraStreisand demands they declare her sane. The film notes (accurately) that if you are declared insane, you can be kept locked up for life, even for a crime that would only entail a few years in prison.

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* Aversion in ''Film/{{Nuts}}'', where BarbraStreisand Music/BarbraStreisand demands they declare her sane. The film notes (accurately) that if you are declared insane, you can be kept locked up for life, even for a crime that would only entail a few years in prison.
11th Aug '17 11:43:37 AM Anicomicgeek
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** The general consensus is that the insanity defense is almost guaranteed to work in the Gotham court system regardless of how much sense it makes legally, but since it means going to Arkham, [[IncrediblyLamePun you'd need to be crazy]] to try it. In ''ComicBook/ArkhamAsylumLivingHell'', one white-collar criminal, unfamiliar with Gotham, made this mistake and found himself in Arkham instead of the cushy rehab center he expected to be sent to. Things didn't go well for him.
*** Said white-collar criminal was Warren White, an embezzler who stole millions of dollars. An encounter with Mr. Freeze left him without hair, ears, nose, and lips. After this, Killer Croc attacked him, slashing his throat and giving him "gills". Then he (Warren White) filed his teeth to points and took the name "Great White Shark".

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** The general consensus is that the insanity defense is almost guaranteed to work in the Gotham court system regardless of how much sense it makes legally, but since it means going to Arkham, [[IncrediblyLamePun you'd need to be crazy]] to try it. In ''ComicBook/ArkhamAsylumLivingHell'', one white-collar criminal, Warren White, an embezzler who stole millions of dollars and unfamiliar with Gotham, made this mistake and found himself in Arkham instead of the cushy rehab center he expected to be sent to. Things didn't go well for him.
*** Said white-collar criminal was Warren White, an embezzler who stole millions of dollars. An encounter with Mr. Freeze left him without hair, ears, nose, and lips. After this,
him. Killer Croc attacked him, slashing his throat and giving him "gills". "gills". Then he (Warren White) an encounter with with Jane Doe in Mr. Freeze's specialized cell left him without hair, ears, nose, and lips. Then White filed his teeth to points and took the name "Great White Shark".



* When Hal Jordan, GreenLantern, fought an opponent code-named the Aerialist, it became obvious that the Aerialist was under a severe delusion making him believe that his criminal actions were entirely legal and correct. Hal referenced the M'Naghten rules when wrapping up the case, his opinion being that the Aerialist would qualify for an insanity defense.

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* When Hal Jordan, GreenLantern, Franchise/GreenLantern, fought an opponent code-named the Aerialist, it became obvious that the Aerialist was under a severe delusion making him believe that his criminal actions were entirely legal and correct. Hal referenced the M'Naghten rules when wrapping up the case, his opinion being that the Aerialist would qualify for an insanity defense.
10th Aug '17 1:41:53 PM ironballs16
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* The misunderstood version appears in ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/15_Minutes 15 Minutes]]'', in which the murderers exploit IfItBleedsItLeads and plan to plead this, get sent to an asylum, be suddenly "cured", and make a killing by selling the story afterwards.
** However, this falls apart due to his misunderstanding of Double Jeopardy in the US - it only attaches when a ''verdict'' is rendered, so if no verdict is rendered (as is the case with this defense)... Also, there are laws on the books ''specifically'' to prevent those found Guilty of a crime from profiting off of it.
9th Aug '17 10:15:33 PM PaulA
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* ''Literature/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest'' deconstructs the trope; playing insane got [=McMurphy=] transferred into a mental institution, which he ''knows'' about and thinks is better than prison. [[BedlamHouse He is sorely mistaken.]]

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* ''Literature/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest'' ''Film/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest'' deconstructs the trope; playing insane got [=McMurphy=] transferred into a mental institution, which he ''knows'' about and thinks is better than prison. [[BedlamHouse He is sorely mistaken.]]
25th Jul '17 1:23:22 AM SeptimusHeap
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** Harley herself almost qualifies, as she's something of a textbook case of StockholmSyndrome made worse by being sent back to Arkham right along with the Joker, her abuser. Her ComicBook/{{New 52}} origin story retconned this to some form of permanent psychosis from brain damage or drugging, with Harley eventually rejecting Joker outright. In this version of events, she's not legally insane, and sent to [[SuicideSquad Belle Reve Penitentiary]] instead of Arkham.

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** Harley herself almost qualifies, as she's something of a textbook case of StockholmSyndrome made worse by being sent back to Arkham right along with the Joker, her abuser. Her ComicBook/{{New 52}} origin story retconned this to some form of permanent psychosis from brain damage or drugging, with Harley eventually rejecting Joker outright. In this version of events, she's not legally insane, and sent to [[SuicideSquad [[Comicbook/SuicideSquad Belle Reve Penitentiary]] instead of Arkham.
11th Jun '17 8:57:53 PM ThallianGold
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** Woodrue himself, as the Floronic Man, eventually gets remanded to Arkham following a psychotic break in the pages of SwampThing, where he [[GoMadFromTheRevelation reaches the plant consciousness of earth]] and attempts to kill all animal life, something that'd ultimately kill him, too, when no animals could convert oxygen back to carbon dioxide. He has since become more a case of BlueAndOrangeMorality, drifting further away from anything resembling rational thought.

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** Woodrue himself, as the Floronic Man, eventually gets remanded to Arkham following a psychotic break in the pages of SwampThing, where he [[GoMadFromTheRevelation reaches the plant consciousness of earth]] and attempts to kill all animal life, something that'd ultimately kill him, too, when no animals could convert oxygen back to carbon dioxide.life without realizing doing so would doom the plants he thought he championed. He has since become more a case of BlueAndOrangeMorality, drifting further away from anything resembling rational thought.
11th Jun '17 8:56:44 PM ThallianGold
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** Woodrue himself, as the Floronic Man, eventually gets remanded to Arkham following a psychotic break in the pages of SwampThing, where he [[GoMadFromTheRevelation reaches the plant consciousness of earth]] and attempts to kill all animal life, something that'd ultimately kill him, too, when no animals could convert oxygen back to carbon dioxide. He has since become more a case of BlueAndOrangeMorality, drifting further away from anything resembling rational thought.
11th Jun '17 8:49:12 PM ThallianGold
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** Clayface III (Preston Payne) was also a legitimate case. Due to his TouchOfDeath and PowerIncontinence, his mind's snapped from the guilt of killing innocent people, to the point where he believed his cell was an apartment he shared with his wife, unbeknownst to him a mannequin.


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*** Mind, Black Hand hears voices because [[EldritchAbomination someone's legitimately talking to him...]]
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