The Law: Fog Times Fog

By the measure of most lives, the violent acts of Patty Hearst, Squeaky Fromme and Sara Jane Moore appear deranged. But were the three women legally insane? Are they sane now? Such questions are already central to the criminal proceedings against each of them, for, following long tradition, the invocation of a psychiatric defense is almost mandatory. "When you find a guy with a smoking gun standing over a dead body, you immediately call the psychiatrist," says Selwyn Rose, himself a psychiatrist and law professor at Loyola University of Los Angeles. That tradition...

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