Mind Over Matter Check Point

Kristol Canterbury


August 22, 2013

Abigail McNeely

Mind Over Matter Check Point

  1. What is the difference between mental illness and insanity? (Hint: What is the important second prong of the McNaughten rule).
  Insanity is when someone suffers from a mental disability that is so severe that it prevents one from knowing "the nature and quality of the act" and whether it was right or wrong (Gibeaut, 2006).

  2. The McNaughten rule cannot be used to defend the actions of a person who drinks alcohol and then murders someone. Why not?
      A person chooses to drink alcohol, so it is not a mental illness, it is a choice.

  3. Identify each of the following:

        • Rational and guilty- the criminal was in their right mind prior to, during and after committing a crime.

        • Guilty but insane- a person is found guilty by the jury, however, it has been proven that they were affected by a severe mental condition during the crime.   The mental condition made them unaware of the nature and quality of their actions and whether or not they were doing something that was wrong.

        • Not guilty by reason of insanity- a plea that a criminal can enter in court.   They are admitting that they have committed the crime, but claiming that they were disturbed mentally when they committed the crime.   They claim they did not intend to commit the crime.

      4.   If you were deciding this case, how would you rule? Briefly explain your decision.