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The Politics of Insanity: Law, Crime, and Human Responsibility
Lawrence Zelic Freedman
Vol. 4, No. 1 (Mar., 1983), pp. 171-178
Published by: International Society of Political Psychology
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3791182
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The legal response to Hinckley's shooting of the President reflected a politically motivated reaction toward restriction of the criteria for responsibility which exculpates from punishment. This phenomenon is cyclical. The progressive and humanistic emphasis on the psychological state of the alleged attacker reasserts itself over time until the next major political crisis is precipitated by an attack on a head of state.
Political Psychology © 1983 International Society of Political Psychology