The Insanity Plea By Winslad And Ross: Summary



The Insanity Plea is a book about the Uses & Abuses of the Insanity Defense in
various cases. The book is by William J. Winslade and Judith Wilson Ross. In
this report, I will basically summarize the book and tell you different ways
people have used and abused the Criminal Justice System using The Insanity
Plea.

I will first talk about the case of Dan White. On November 18, 1978,
Preliminary reports began broadcasting news of the events in a town called
Jonestown, at first all that was known, was that people of a religious cult
shot and may have even killed California Congressman Leo Ryan. Then on
November 27, 9 days after the news of the death of Congressman Ryan another 2
deaths ...

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the verdict there were Riots
breaking out in the streets because of the verdict. Before hand he was elected
a Supervisor and resigned because he didn't like the way that Politics worked.
The point before, that I may not have mentioned, is that the defense argued
that he was insane and that "a person with a normal background who was brought
up in a good home, something is obviously missing." Since he was being charged
on 3 accounts of Murder in the 1st, they somewhat bought the insane defense so
they lowered his charges to 1 account of voluntary manslaughter, where he
received 7 years and 8 months with a possibility of parole after 5 years.

In the summer of 1978, Lyman Bostock seemed to have it made very good. He
was one of the 3 highest paid players EVER in the American League and he was
highly regarded by fans and sportscasters alike. Then one errie, summer night
at 10:30 Lyman Bostock was gunned down at Fifth and Jackson in downtown Gary,
Illinois while he was riding ...

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