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From Insanity to Diminished Capacity: Mental Illness and Criminal Excuse in Contemporary American Law

Author: 
Fradella, Henry F.
Credentials: 
Ph.D, JD (George Washington University); author of Forensic Psychology: The Use of Behavioral Sciences in Civil and Criminal Justice (Taylor&Francis)

Professor Fradella’s new monograph traces the development of defenses of excuse from their English Common Law roots to their various modern formulations under U.S.Law. It includes an interdisciplinary, detailed analysis of the historical evolution of the insanity defense, the diminished capacity/responsibility doctrines and related criminal defenses of excuse based on mental illness, including genetic-based defenses, the Black rage defense, the PMS defense, Battered Women’s syndrome defense, and the media intoxication defense. The study concludes with a discussion of the likely future of defenses of excuse in light of the U.S. Supreme Courts 2006 decision Clark vs. Arizona.

There is no other monograph presently available that covers these topics and the work can be used as a stand alone study of the field in Law or as a possible supplement for criminal justice/justice studies. Elaborate footnotes, citations, bibliography and index included.

Market: 
Law, Justice Studies, Criminal Justice, Criminology/Sociology, forensic psychology
Release Date: 
03/2007
ISBN: 
Cloth: 1-933146-31-1
Price: 
$74.95
Trim Size: 
6 x 9
Pages: 
164
Index: 
Yes
Bibliography: 
Yes
Illustrations: 
None
CIP: 
Yes
Publisher: 

ACADEMICA PRESS
1727 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 507
Washington, DC 20036

Irish Research Series: 
No