UOP PSY 270 Week 6 CheckPoint Mind Over Matter

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Resource: A Matter Over Mind article


Review the Electronic Reserve Readings for Week Five, located on the student website. In your reading, A Matter Over Mind, the author presents the case of a young man who shoots and kills a police officer. The case argues a defendant’s constitutional right to use the insanity defense and the amount of leeway provided to prosecutors.


• What is the difference between mental illness and insanity? (Hint: What is the important second prong of the McNaughten rule?)
• The McNaughten rule cannot be used to defend the actions of a person who drinks alcohol and then murders someone. Why not?
• Identify each of the following:
o Rational and guilty
o Guilty but insane
o Not guilty by reason of insanity
If you were deciding this case, how would you rule? Briefly explain your decision.