Insanity Defense Informative Speech Essay

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Com101 Insanity defense John Wayne Gacy was an entertainer preforming at children’s parties and special events as “pogo the clown”. With his many involvements in local projects in the community and volunteering his time as said clown he was recognized for his work and introduced to the first lady Rosalynn Carter who personally thanked him for his efforts. He seems like a generous person but what’s surprising is that he raped and killed 33 young boys and men in Chicago. When he was caught he pled not guilty by reason of insanity. In most murder cases criminals who commit heinous crimes have used the insanity defense in pleading their cases. I’ve heard about a lot of people who have committed unspeakable crimes plead insanity in the preceding court trials. Would you let someone like this hide behind this plea and basically get away with murder? A criminal who was in his right state of mind meaning they knew what they were doing shouldn’t be able to use the insanity defense. In this speech I am going to tell you about the types of insanity defense that are used in court cases, the process that goes into verifying a criminals sanity, and the issues that come about after a plea is entered. Now I’m going to explain what insanity is and the different types associate with it. The insanity defense plea as defined in law journals is a defense that’s asserted by the accused in a criminal prosecution as a way to avoid liability for a commission of a crime because at the time of the crime the person did not appreciate the nature or quality or wrongfulness of the acts. Cognitive insanity is the most common variation of an insanity defense that goes through the court system. This is where the defendant during the time of the crime suffered from a mental disease that impaired his/her psychological ability to see the wrongfulness of the act they committed. In volitional

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