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MIND BOGGLING The Insanity Plea

Updated on December 3, 2012

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

     An accomplishment?

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

     Sincere happiness

     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.

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    • Sharyn's Slant profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharon Smith 

      7 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Audra,

      Well you dug up an old one :) Thank you so much for your feedback and votes! Hope all is well with you.

      Sharyn

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      iamaudraleigh 

      7 years ago

      I am impressed by this original hub idea, poetry, and the all the questions you bring up...fascinating! I especially like Does the brain really have choices? Voted up!!!

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      Sharon Smith 

      7 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Kevin,

      Thank you for your feedback and THANKS FOR SHARING! Very much appreciated!

      Sharyn

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      Kevin Howell 

      7 years ago from Maysville KY

      Isn't anyone who commits a murder, short of self defense or revenge, insane. Why enable people? Thanks for Sharing, makes you think. voted up and shared

    • Sharyn's Slant profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharon Smith 

      8 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      I needed that lil chuckle tonight Sunshine ~ thanks!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      8 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Just a little insanity?! :)

      I'm doing well, just stopping by to make sure you were staying out of trouble. You are doing just fine! :) I'll be back (said Arnold) haha!

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      Sharon Smith 

      8 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Ha,

      Thanks Sunshine!!! You know we all have a little insanity going on . . . I just question those extreme cases, ya know. I hope all is well with you. Thanks for stopping by!

      Sharyn

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      8 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Ms Sharyn Slant...only you can make insanity seem sane! :-))

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      Sharon Smith 

      8 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hey fp,

      So glad you stopped by. Thanks for your awesome comment. I've really like your writing that I have seen and look forward to more. Have a great night!

      Sharyn

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      Paula 

      8 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Sharon.....I have one simple comment. This hub is genius.

    • Sharyn's Slant profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharon Smith 

      8 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Thank you so much cindi h for your comments. The human mind is definitely fascinating (and boggling too).

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      cindi h 

      8 years ago

      Sharyn I've recently faced my own 'evil' as detailed in one of my hubs. I have always believed that all of us have the potential for evil yet what makes some people actually act on it? I am fascinated with the intricate workings of the human mind. Great hub! Thanks for a great read.

    • Sharyn's Slant profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharon Smith 

      8 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Thanks for stopping by FF. Really appreciate your kind comments. You of all writers know how to make people think with your writing. Thanks so much!

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      FatherFitz 

      8 years ago from Stoughton, WI

      Very nicely done, really makes you think, I like poems like that .. the ones that make you sit and stair at the computer screen , lost deep in thought, great job Sharyn!

    • Sharyn's Slant profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharon Smith 

      8 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Thank you Micky Dee for stopping by and commenting.

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      I wonder how often it's an eroding and how often violence is attributed to an event. Great write Sharyn!

    • Sharyn's Slant profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharon Smith 

      8 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      epi-man, your comments are extremely enlightening to me and very much appreciated. I too feel this hub is stimulating yet was worried others may find it too "deep." But then again, it's just my slant, right? Thanks dear, have a great day!

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      epigramman 

      8 years ago

      ..well here is another slant/hub which is absolutely (pardon the pun) mind boggling and hubawesome too!

      And it's this kind of hub which gives the epi-man lots and lots of ideas for his writing .....there is a lot going on here in this hub -much food for thought and so very stimulating - and that's always a nice slant to anyone's life as a reader of your fine fine hubs!

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      Sharon Smith 

      8 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Thank you so much Prasetio for the vote of confidence!!!

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      prasetio30 

      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Well done and beautiful. Thanks for share with us. Have a nice weekend. Take care!

      Prasetio

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      8 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      No thank you! You provided a great read:)

    • Sharyn's Slant profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharon Smith 

      8 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Cool, I love cutting the mustard. Thanks Kel!

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      8 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Great hub! I really enjoy a good poem that makes me think - and this cut the mustard:-)

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