(Business Insider) More than a dozen law and mental health professors asked the U.S. Supreme Court this week to take up the case of a paranoid schizophrenic convicted of second-degree murder in the hopes of overturning state laws barring the insanity defense.
Lawyers who prosecuted John Delling and the judge in the case agreed that his mental illness led to the crimes, the Idaho Statesman previously reported.
But Idaho doesn’t allow you to argue you were insane when you committed a crime and therefore not responsible for your actions, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.
Only three other states bar that defense: Kansas, Montana, and Utah.
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