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Thursday, September 27, 2007

CrimProf Robert Batey Discusses Negative Implications of Insanity Defense

BateyFrom Stetson University College of Law CrimProf Robert Batey discusses the possible negative impact of going with an insanity theory of defense in the case of Justin Grodin who accused of beating his 11-month-old daughter to death

“Jurors may have a hard time that the defendant suffered from a serious mental disease or defect,” said CrimProf Robert Batey.

J.L. “Ray” LeGrande and John Mills, who argued previously that Grodin is incompetent to stand trial, filed a notice last week indicating they may use the insanity defense.

“We were appointed to represent an individual who couldn’t communicate with us,” Mills said. “We’re basically dealing with a pet rock.

“It’s entirely possible he was insane at the time of the crime,” he said. “That doesn’t mean we’re conceding guilt.”

LeGrande and Mills said they might not necessarily present that defense, but a notice must be filed so prosecutors can prepare against it. Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]

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