Lennie V California
Mr. Small is not guilty by reason of insanity/mental disease or defect under the Model Penal Code test. The model penal code is when the defendant has been diagnosed with a relevant mental defect, which in this case is Mental retardation. So Mr. Small did not know what he was doing, and he didn’t understand that what he was doing was crime. When you have listened to all the evidence I have collected over this case. You will soon get that he is not guilty.
Right after Mr. Small had “killed” Curley’s wife, there had been people that had overheard him talking to people who weren’t there. They had said “that he had been talking to a man named Mr. Milton and an Aunt named Clara” when they went to go see who he was talking to there was nobody there. Your honor did that some symptoms of mental illness do interfere with perceptions, of reality. Which basically means that they see people who aren’t there, I you still don’t get it. You remember how you had an imaginary friend while you were younger that’s basically who Mr. Small was talking to, and remember Mr. Small isn’t a little kid.
I had talked to Mr. Milton a person that was looking after Mr. Small, because his aunt died. He had told me that Mr. Small was very forgetful and he wasn’t that bright either. Mr. Small had just thought it was because he had been drop on the head as a kid or something, but from my research he might not have been dropped as a kid and just mentally retarded. Your honor symptoms of a mental defect without treatment can worsen.
When the police were talking with Mr. Small to get a better insight on what happened, they had asked these questions. Did you know what you did? What happened? Why did you kill her? Your honor he said “I didn’t want Mr. Milton to get mad at me and I was trying to make her be...