Thread: [Merged] My Philosophy of Life
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Old 24th March 2020, 08:43 AM   #161
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Originally Posted by Squeegee Beckenheim View Post
Most (all?) justice systems in the world are based on the idea that the person being tried is responsible for their actions. This is why there are specific pleas that exculpate people from crimes - certain kinds of mental illness being the most obvious example. If everybody is exculpated from everything then there is no justification for treating anybody on trial differently from people who would be exculpated due to said mental illnesses.
Bad news on that front in the USA:

Until 1979, every jurisdiction in the United States allowed mentally ill defendants to assert what was traditionally regarded as an insanity defense – that is, to argue that because they did not understand that their actions were wrong, they cannot be held criminally responsible for those actions. Since then, five states, including Kansas, have abolished that defense. Today, by a vote of 6-3, the Supreme Court ruled that a state’s failure to allow a mentally ill defendant to raise such a defense does not violate the Constitution.
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