MIND BOGGLING The Insanity Plea
What provokes humans to act in violent ways
Showing no concern
Do they understand, do they know
That they hurt someone
Left lifetime scars.
Is the mind so complex that it can store evilness
A discrete place in the brain
Apart from everyday life.
What happens when that piece of mind, the vicious side comes alive
Is it craving a destructive event
A wicked act of violence?
Does the not-so-evil side know what the other is thinking, planning, doing
Is there even a slight understanding of what may take place?
What a horrifying thought to imagine
The evil mind remembers all
Contemplating chaos, pain in other’s lives
Truly believing it can get away with the act
The healthier side quietly watches in question
Yet it is weak
Not able to overcome the intense spite of its evil twin.
Is a person with this ill half ever sincerely happy
What does their puckered smile portray
Or delight in their next plan of revenge?
Do medications actually have the ability to alter this sick mind
Bring it to a stable place
A healthier thought process, mental state?
Does the brain really have choices
Should it pay the price in full for its mind-boggling acts of hatred
Or should it be allowed to plead insane?
“INSANITY carries with it an innumerable host of burdens and one very nice fringe benefit: the ability to get away with murder.” http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/fr/588520/posts
For Your Information . . .
In the United States, each state has individual insanity defense laws. Some states use the M'Naghten Rules. Some use the Model Penal Code Rule. Some simply abolished the insanity defense all together. Some states allow the guilty but insane verdict or the guilty but mentally ill verdict. In some states, the burden of proof is on the state. In others, the burden of proof is on the defendant.