Summarizes "Insanity Plea" By William J.Winslade And Judith Wilson Ross. Speaks Also About Different Ways People Have Used And Abused The Criminal Justice System Using The Insanity Plea

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I will first talk about the case of Dan White. On November18,1978, Preliminary reports began broadcasting news of the events inatown called Jonestown, at first all that was known, was that peopleof areligious cult shot and may have even killed CaliforniaCongressmanLeo Ryan. Then on November 27, 9 days after the news of thedeath ofCongressman Ryan another 2 deaths happened. George Moscone,themayor of San Francisco, and Harvey Milk, a city supervisor andtheleader of San Francisco's politically active gay community, hadbeenshot and killed at death in the San Francisco City Hall. The Policethensniffed-out and charged Dan White with the murders of the 3people.In 2 years the trial ended with the verdict of guilty on the accountofmanslaughter. He was later sentenced to 7 years and 8 months in aPrison, with a possibility of parole after 5. After the verdict therewereRiots breaking out in the streets because of the verdict. Beforehand hewas elected a Supervisor and resigned because he didn't like thewaythat Politics worked. The point before, that I may not havementioned,is that the defense argued that he was insane and that 'a personwith anormal background who was brought up in a good home,something isobviously missing.' Since he was being charged on 3 accounts ofMurder in the 1st, they somewhat bought the insane defense sotheylowered his charges to 1 account of voluntary manslaughter, wherehereceived 7 years and 8 months with a possibility of parole after 5years.In the summer of 1978, Lyman Bostock seemed to have itmadevery good. He was one of the 3 highest paid players EVER in theAmerican League and he was highly regarded by fans andsportscastersalike. Then one errie, summer night at 10:30 Lyman Bostock wasgunned down at Fifth and Jackson in downtown Gary, Illinoiswhile hewas riding in the back seat of his uncle's Buick with a twelve gaugehot gun, that was fired by a Mr Leonard Smith. Leonard Smithwas a33 year old, unemployed Truck Driver, who lived in Illinois. Hehadnever met or seen Lyman Bostock, but if you think about it, if heactually sat down to think about it, a pro baseball player wouldobviously be very high. Leonard had dreamed about getting it asgoodas Lyman, he dreamt about a wife, a kid, a dog, a nice house with afence around it, and job security, but his attempts always failedbecauseof things like his wife, his employers, racial prejudice and lifeitself.Although it was not lucky at all for Lyman to be on Fifth avenueandhaving his skull blasted away with a gun, it because extremelymorelucky for Bostock because in 21 months after the shooting, hewalkedout of jail after receiving 4 months of physiciatric treatment andthreemonths of evaluation. He was found not guilty of all charges dueto theplea of Insanity. To get that verdict he had to go through 2 trials.Inthe first trial, that lasted 3 days, it ended in a hung jury. Dr. FrankHoggle and Dr. Lee Michael testified in the 1st trial. Dr Hogglesawhim on...

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