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Lorena Bobbitt is not guilty owing to temporary insanity

When the verdict came down last week, Lorena Bobbitt did not seem to know how to react. "Is that good?" she asked one of her attorneys. After seven hours of deliberation, a jury of five men and seven women had acquitted her by reason of temporary insanity for what the law describes as the malicious wounding of her husband John Wayne Bobbitt. In the more familiar language that even the most squeamish have learned to say out loud since she wielded her knife last June, she cut off his penis. "Fifty years ago, Lorena Bobbitt would have been convicted without a...

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