Insanity Plea

The Insanity Plea is a book about the Uses & Abuses of the
Insanity Defense in various cases. The book is by William J.
Winslade and Judith Wilson Ross. In this report, I will basically summarize
the book and tell you different ways people have used and abused the
Criminal Justice System using The Insanity Plea.
I will first talk about the case of Dan White. On November
1978, Preliminary reports began broadcasting news of the events in
town called Jonestown, at first all that was known, was that people
of a
religious cult shot and may have even killed California
Leo Ryan. Then on November 27, 9 days after the news of the
death of
Congressman Ryan another 2 deaths happened. George Moscone,

mayor of San Francisco, and Harvey Milk, a city supervisor and

leader of San Francisco\'s politically active gay community, had

shot and killed at death in the San Francisco City Hall. The Police

sniffed-out and charged Dan White with the murders of the 3

In 2 years the trial ended with the verdict of guilty on the account

manslaughter. He was later sentenced to 7 years and 8 months in a
Prison, with a possibility of parole after 5. After the verdict there

Riots breaking out in the streets because of the verdict. Before
hand he

was elected a Supervisor and resigned because he didn\'t like the

that Politics worked. The point before, that I may not have

is that the defense argued that he was insane and that "a person
with a

normal background who was brought up in a good home,
something is

obviously missing." Since he was being charged on 3 accounts of

Murder in the 1st, they somewhat bought the insane defense so

lowered his charges to 1 account of voluntary manslaughter, where

received 7 years and 8 months with a possibility of parole after 5

In the summer of 1978, Lyman Bostock seemed to have it

very good. He was one of the 3 highest paid players EVER in the

American League and he was highly regarded by fans and

alike. Then one errie, summer night at 10:30 Lyman Bostock was

gunned down at Fifth and Jackson in downtown Gary, Illinois
while he

was riding in the back seat of his uncle\'s Buick with a twelve gauge

hot gun, that was fired by a Mr Leonard Smith. Leonard Smith
was a

33 year old, unemployed Truck Driver, who lived in Illinois. He

never met or seen Lyman Bostock, but if you think about it, if he

actually sat down to think about it, a pro baseball player would

obviously be very high. Leonard had dreamed about getting it as

as Lyman, he dreamt about a wife, a kid, a dog, a nice house with a

fence around it, and job security, but his attempts always failed

of things like his wife, his employers, racial prejudice and life

Although it was not lucky at all for Lyman to be on Fifth avenue

having his skull blasted away with a gun, it because extremely

lucky for Bostock because in 21 months after the shooting, he

out of jail after receiving 4 months of physiciatric treatment and

months of evaluation. He was found not guilty of all charges due
to the

plea of Insanity. To get that verdict he had to go through 2 trials.

the first trial, that lasted 3 days, it ended in a hung jury. Dr. Frank

Hoggle and Dr. Lee Michael testified in the 1st trial. Dr Hoggle

him on and off for about 3 months. Dr Perioclat only saw him
nd each of those times they were very brief. Both had testified,

he was both legally sane. Dr Hogle was a little doubtful about his

legally sane verdict but the other one was very certain of it. In the

second trial that was held, they eventually got to the not guilty

due to insanity and some time in a crazy phicility(is that a scientific

The last case that I will tell you about in