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What does the M'Naghten Rule mean in regards to the current laws of offenders with mental illness?



A. Those with a mental illness who commit a crime are automatically aquitted
B. A person with a mental illness who commits a crime but knew what they were doing at the time will be aquitted
C. A person with a mental illness who commits a crime but knew what they were doing at the time will serve their punishment, as guilty
D. Those with a mental illness who commit a crime should recieve the same treatment as one without illness regardless of the situation

This question is part of Forensic Psychology
Asked by Heathern, Last updated: Jun 14, 2020

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H. Martin

H. Martin, Content Writer, Charlotte

Answered Aug 01, 2018

M'Naghten fired a pistol at the back of Peel's secretary, Edward Drummond, who died five days later. The M'Naghten ruleis a test for criminal insanity. It is a test where any variant of the 1840s jury instruction in a criminal case when there is a defense of insanity is applied to determine whether a person accused of a crime was sane at the time of its commission and, therefore, criminally responsible for the wrongdoing.

 

heathern

Heathern

Answered Jan 23, 2018

A person with a mental illness who commits a crime but knew what they were doing at the time will serve their punishment, as guilty
 

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