Law: Picking Between Mad and Bad

The Hinckley case steps up a debate over the insanity plea

Should John Hinckley spend the rest of his life in prison? Or was he so psychologically troubled when he shot President Reagan and three other men last March that society should not hold him accountable for his actions? That is the decision that will soon confront twelve jurors in Washington, D.C. If they accept the contention of Hinckley's lawyers that he was legally insane, the would-be assassin will be confined to a mental hospital until a judge concludes that he is no longer a...

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