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Choose two of the defenses or syndrome outlined in this chapter and explain why you think they should or should not be accepted as a defenses in criminal law cases.

The insanity defense states that you committed the alleged crime, but had no knowledge of the act that were committed at the time was right or wrong. I believe it should be allowed as a defense in criminal law cases, but due to the difficulty in proving beyond the reasonable doubt that the criminal was insane during the commitment of their crimes and the ethical implications of allowing disturbed criminals to avoid imprisonment. But I also agree that individuals should not be punished for criminal acts if they lack certain characteristics that relate to the ability to engage in rational thinking, including wrongfulness and consequences of their actions, or control their behavior. Those psychopathic traits may be inherited, that has set the stage for arguments that even those who commit the worst of crimes should not be held responsible for them. After all, they didn’t choose their genetic makeup or to be born without the capacity for understanding. When it has been successful, the apparent key to the success of these defenses lies in the concrete and observable nature of the abnormality: juries can see the tumor on a brain scan, and may be presented with evidence that the criminal behavior did not occur before the injury or that it stops after treatment.
Although, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is stated to be a mental health condition that is triggered by a terrifying event, either experiencing it or witnessing it. After researching there’s an estimated 7.8 percent of Americans that will experience PTSD at some point in their lives, with women at (10.4%) twice as likely as men of (5%) to develop PTSD. About 3.6 percent of U.S. adults aged 18 to 54 (5.2 million people) have PTSD during the course of a…...

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