Jan. 8, 2019 – Senior Legal Analyst Time And A Murder Conviction Overturned For A Very Important Reason!

I trust you have heard of “the insanity defense” in criminal cases, where the accused criminal (usually murderer) claims that at the time of the crime, he was insane? This is related to, but different from, the idea of competence to stand trial – the two happen at two very different times. However, there is often overlap (the same person has both problems) and what I find fascinating is the theory behind it all! One recent murder trial reveals a lot about how we handle mental competence in our criminal justice system, so today, when we go Beyond The Norm, let’s look at sanity and consciousness of guilt!