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When it pays to be insane: three unusual legacies of insanity.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  3768538     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Although the law generally does not permit an individual to profit by his own wrongdoing, that equitable principle may be inapplicable in the case of an individual who has been adjudicated insane (and therefore has not committed a wrong in the eyes of the law). This paper discusses three unusual legacies of a determination of insanity: the inheritance cases (permitting the insane killer to inherit from his own victim), the life insurance cases (permitting the beneficiary to recover when the insured commits suicide while insane), and the effect of insanity on publication rights agreements in sensational criminal cases.
R L Goldstein
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Bulletin of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law     Volume:  14     ISSN:  0091-634X     ISO Abbreviation:  Bull Am Acad Psychiatry Law     Publication Date:  1986  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1986-12-01     Completed Date:  1986-12-01     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7503424     Medline TA:  Bull Am Acad Psychiatry Law     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  253-62     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Forensic Psychiatry / legislation & jurisprudence*
Insanity Defense / legislation & jurisprudence*
Insurance, Life / legislation & jurisprudence
Mental Disorders / economics*
Publishing / economics
Suicide / legislation & jurisprudence
United States

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