Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-1-1984

Keywords

Criminal defenses, Insanity defense, Insanity plea, Forensic psychiatry, John Hinckley Jr., Legal insanity

Disciplines

Criminal Law | Criminal Procedure | Law and Society | Litigation | Psychology and Psychiatry

Abstract

The authors obtained opinions of forensic psychiatry in a community survey following the not guilty by reason of insanity verdict in the Hinckley trial. A majority of respondents expressed little or no confidence in the specific psychiatric testimony in the Hinckley trial and only modest faith in the general ability of psychiatrists to determine legal insanity. Respondents' general and specific attitudes were strongly related. Younger people and women were more positive in their views of psychiatry in the courtroom.

Publication Citation

Published in: The American Journal of Psychiatry, vol. 141, no. 5 (May 1, 1984).