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Insanity defenses: contested or conceded?
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PMID:  6731639     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The authors examined 316 Oregon criminal cases in which the accused successfully pleaded the insanity defense. Prosecutors agreed to the insanity verdict in more than four out of five cases. In most cases all examining experts diagnosed the defendant as psychotic. The smaller number of defendants who were diagnosed by the state hospital staff as displaying only personality disorders accounted for a disproportionately large percentage of the contested trials. Observing that Oregon's insanity defense system is run by consensus, the authors suggest a reorientation of the insanity defense debate.
J L Rogers; J D Bloom; S M Manson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of psychiatry     Volume:  141     ISSN:  0002-953X     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Psychiatry     Publication Date:  1984 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1984-07-18     Completed Date:  1984-07-18     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370512     Medline TA:  Am J Psychiatry     Country:  UNITED STATES    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  885-8     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Criminal Law
Forensic Psychiatry*
Hospitals, Psychiatric
Hospitals, State
Insanity Defense*
Mental Disorders / diagnosis*,  psychology
Personality Disorders / diagnosis,  psychology
Psychotic Disorders / diagnosis,  psychology
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