Criminal Psychology

Case Study
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In the situation of Justin Case, the judge found Case competent to be tried due to his mental competency at the time of trial. The judge found him legally insane based upon his mental state at the time of the committed felony. Based on the Model Standard created by the American Law Institute, "if at the time of his conduct as a result of mental disease or defect he lacks substantial capacity either to appreciate the criminality (wrongfulness) of his conduct or to conform his conduct to the requirements of law." (emphasis added) Case may have been mentally competent for his trial; however, there must have been evidence to the contrary at the time of his committed felony.


Indiana ) The majority reached this conclusion based on the fact that the petitioner was deaf, had no ability to read or write and that it was doubtful that the petitioner could even develop an ability to communicate by sign language. Since the petitioner was entirely unable to communicate, it was decided that he should be hospitalized until that time in which he could testify. In the case that he would never be able to communicate, the defendant would be hospitalized permanently.
Since Case was found 'not guilty', his term of hospitalization depends entirely upon his own mental state. In the case of Jones vs. United States, the petitioner, Jones, committed a range of felonies and upon hospitalization was diagnosed "Schizophrenia, Paranoid Type." (Jones vs. ...
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