New Jersey Cases On Criminal Responsibility and the Insanity Defense



 

State v. Spencer (1846) - initial and detailed statement of the rules for determining when a person is not guilty for reason of insanity.
Mackin v. State (1896) - restatement of McNaghten rule (test of insanity is knowing the difference between right and wrong)..
Genz v. State (1896) - if the question of sanity is in doubt, what presumption applies.

Readings: Charles E. Rosenberg, The Trial of the Assassin Guiteau: Psychiatry and Law in the Gilded Age (1968) -- study of law, psychiatry, and society built around the trial of the man who short President James A. Garfield.  The book explores the different schools of psychiatric thought about the nature of insanity, and their relationship to the "insanity defense."