Volume 17, Issue 1 (January 1972)
Forensic Psychiatry in the Legal Defense of Murder
The crime of murder exists in some form in all known societies. In the disposition of those who are found guilty, the law places little reliance upon behavioral sciences. Homicide occurs for diverse reasons. The law recognizes this fact by providing several legal categories of homicide, one of which is "not guilty by virtue of insanity." The concept of insanity in determining responsibility for the crime is defined according to legal criteria. The literature on the issue of criminal responsibility is extensive, but that issue will not be the subject of this paper.