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Time Is Right to Revise the Texas Insanity Defense: An Essay

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Title: Time Is Right to Revise the Texas Insanity Defense: An Essay
Author: Shannon, Brian D.
Abstract: In light of three Texas cases involving Andrea Yates, Deanna Laney, and Dena Schlosser, this essay discusses the Texas insanity defense and its application. It sets forth a brief history of the Texas insanity defense, discusses some legislative fine-tuning accomplished in 2005, and proposes and analyzes several alternative options that would, if enacted, modernize the Texas insanity defense so that it could better comport with modern medical science and become a useful tool in the Texas criminal justice system. In addition, a more modern or appropriate test for insanity would provide meaningful guidance to prosecutors in ascertaining whether to pursue a prosecution in a particular case or, instead, be more amenable to agreeing to an insanity finding.
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Date: 2006

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