insanity defense

Definition of "insanity defense"
  1. A legal argument made by a criminal defendant asserting that they were mentally ill at the time of committing the crime and therefore are not responsible
How to use "insanity defense" in a sentence
  1. The defense argued for a reduced sentence on the basis of insanity defense.
  2. Due to severe schizophrenia, his attorney considered the insanity defense.
  3. Using the insanity defense, she avoided imprisonment and was ordered to receive psychiatric treatment instead.

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