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Tami Yaklich's comment, March 25, 2013 9:41 PM
Aspect 3: 30/30
Tami Yaklich's comment, March 25, 2013 9:42 PM
You have gathered a lot of great info! Looking forward to your presentation, Amanda :)
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Psychiatric Disorders Associated With Criminal Behavior

Psychiatric Disorders Associated With Criminal Behavior. Like insanity, criminality is a legal term, not a medical or psychiatric diagnosis, illness, or syndrome.
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I Would Not Be Convicted By a Jury of My Peers… Still Crazy After ...

I Would Not Be Convicted By a Jury of My Peers… Still Crazy After ... | Cases- Aspect 3 | Scoop.it
Hinckley claimed that he was trying to impress the actress Jodie Foster, with whom he was infatuated. In what was arguably the most influential insanity-defense case of the century, a jury acquitted him of 13 assault, murder, ...
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Kindergarten Killer - ABC Report: Sandy Hook Shooter Adam Lanza Had Asperger Syndrome And Another “Personality Disorder”

Kindergarten Killer - ABC Report:  Sandy Hook Shooter Adam Lanza Had Asperger Syndrome And Another “Personality Disorder” | Cases- Aspect 3 | Scoop.it
[liberal/progressive policies and ] public efforts to transform the mental health care system to be more humane, to characterize mentally ill people as “Just thinking differently”, and characterizi...
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Amanda Melocchi's comment, March 14, 2013 10:23 AM
Adam Lanza is said to have suffered from a disorder called Asperger disorder. This is a personality disorder. People around Adam provided information to back this statement, describing his as being "odd" as a child and a possibility of OCD. The question is whether Lanza will received "the care he needs."
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Top 10 Most Notorious Insanity Defense Cases - Listverse

Top 10 Most Notorious Insanity Defense Cases - Listverse | Cases- Aspect 3 | Scoop.it
The insanity defense is one of the most popularly depicted criminal defense strategies in television and film culture.
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Amanda Melocchi's comment, March 12, 2013 2:13 PM
The trial of Anthony and William Esposito had a great impact in disproving that those who attempt to plead insane often walk as free men. The brothers, desperete to try to prove insane, attempted to do so "through extreme behavior." This behavior included "banging their heads against the table until they bled, barking like dogs, drools, and cry uncontrollably." They jury was no falling for their tricks, leading the brothers to be convicted for their crimes. They were eventually executed for their crime.
Amanda Melocchi's comment, March 12, 2013 2:17 PM
Steve Steinberg claimed there was a break in at his house, which was later found to be not true. Steinberg killed his wife by slabbing her with a knife but because it was considered a "sleepwalking murder" he stated he did not remember doing so. Surprisingly, he did not "deny the fact that he murdered his wife." Because at the time he committed the act he was considered to be temporarily insane he walked away with any charges.
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Aurora theater shooting: James Holmes loses insanity plea challenge

Aurora theater shooting: James Holmes loses insanity plea challenge | Cases- Aspect 3 | Scoop.it
The judge in the Aurora movie-theater-shooting murder case has rebuffed an effort to declare Colorados laws for insanity pleas unconstitutional, just days before suspect James Holmes is due to enter a plea.
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Amanda Melocchi's comment, March 20, 2013 10:27 PM
*verdict
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Bruco Strong Eagle Eastwood

Bruco Strong Eagle Eastwood | Cases- Aspect 3 | Scoop.it
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Amanda Melocchi's comment, March 15, 2013 2:05 PM
*decrease in mental treatment/patients turned away
Amanda Melocchi's comment, March 15, 2013 2:12 PM
*ust because someone commits a murder doesn't mean they're automatically mentally ill
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Diagnosing Adam Lanza

Diagnosing Adam Lanza | Cases- Aspect 3 | Scoop.it
Understanding the psychiatric discussion thus far
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Amanda Melocchi's comment, March 14, 2013 1:58 PM
While it seems clear that Adam had some sort of medical issue, it is difficult to figure out which one he had. He has been described by people close to him as "odd, remote, reclusive" and as a brainiac." Ryan, his own brother, was quoted to describing his brother as suffering from autism or "Asperger syndrome and a personality disorder." The police reviewing his record have further found he led a life of misgrief.
Amanda Melocchi's comment, March 14, 2013 2:02 PM
With the combination of symptoms Lanza was described as having, it is difficult to make a diagnosis. While he had autism-like problems, he may have suffered from what is called NOS. This means his illness was "not otherwise specified," being he was undiagnosable. Though this could be the case, this is no excuse to avoid treatment. The hope of this horrific situation is to shed light on mental disorders and the need for a push in treatment.
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Judge enters not guilty plea for accused theater shooter

Judge enters not guilty plea for accused theater shooter | Cases- Aspect 3 | Scoop.it
A judge on Tuesday entered a standard plea of not guilty for James Holmes, the man suspected in a mass shooting at a Colorado movie theater, after he and his attorneys said they were not ready to enter a plea.
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Amanda Melocchi's comment, March 13, 2013 1:53 PM
The judge for James Holmes claimed he was not guilty. Holmes was believed to be responsible for the shooting in the Colorado theater. After some evaluation, the attorneys say Holmes has teh possibility of being able to claim insane. The shooting unfortunately left 12 dead and 58 injured. While the attorneys can provide an insanity plea, it is up to the judges to give the approval.
Amanda Melocchi's comment, March 13, 2013 1:57 PM
Evidence was needed to prove any side of the case. Adding to the evidence, it was found that Holmes purchased some guns along with 6,295 rounds of ammunition. More suspision was created when it was found that Holmes dyed his hair red prior to committing the crime. He was also found to be "taking photographs of hallways and doors, two weeks before the shooting." The fact Holmes put a great deal of planning and money into this crime goes to prove he may not be insane.
Amanda Melocchi's comment, March 13, 2013 2:04 PM
In order to have this kind of plea, all medical info and prior treatment will need too be analyzed. He has 166 murder charges. He boobytrapped his apartment before leaving for the movie, and brought along weapons and body armor. Holmes was described as "detached from it all" at the time of the scene. This kind of evidence may be evidence that Holmes was not in a sane state of mind during the time of the killing.
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Account of the Trial of John W. Hinckley, Jr.

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Amanda Melocchi's comment, March 12, 2013 1:56 PM
Hinckley's victims were also the witnesses, Thomas Delahanty and Timothy McCarthy. The prosecutor tried to gain evidence by analyzing Hinckley's face in a video in the crowd at the campaign rally. He also was found to have taken part in a target practice in December 1980.
Amanda Melocchi's comment, March 12, 2013 2:02 PM
Dr John Hopper claimed he gave Hinckley the wrong diagnosis. He decided there was a large, underlying issue rather than saying he was an "unmotivated kid who needed behavioral therapy" when he first started the case. Hinckley tried to continuously call Jodie Foster from a hotel room. These tapes showed Foster had no interest in Hinckley and her confusion in the whole situation.
Amanda Melocchi's comment, March 12, 2013 2:06 PM
Dr WIlliam Carpenter did much analyzing of the case. Eventually he came up with four major signs of Hinckleys mental illness. These included, "an incapacity to have an ordinary emotional arousal, autistic retreat from reality, depression including suicidal features, and an inability to work or establish social bonds." He also believed Hinckley was taking pieces of personality from for of literature and media. Such included people like John Lennon, who's death greatly affected Hinckley, and Travis Bickle in the movie the "Taxi Driver"