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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Ezioni on Insanity in Filicide Cases

Limor Ezioni (The Academic Center of Law and Science) has posted International Misconceptions: The Insanity Defense in Filicide Cases — Israel as a Case Study (Criminal Law Bulletin, Vol. 55 , No. 2 , March 2019, p.205) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
This article discusses the insanity defense in the case of a parent who committed filicide. This article will begin by reviewing the history of the insanity defense, its characteristics and components via comparative law through the United States of America, specifically the types of tests used in the different states. It will then discuss the history of the insanity defense in Israel through a chronological examination of the developments in Israeli legislation, from 1899 to the present time.

In addition to reviewing relevant cases in Israel in which the insanity defense was claimed, this article will shed light on the gap between the public’s misconception that a parent who has committed filicide “must be insane” and the reality of fact and law disproving that notion by the scarcity in which the insanity defense is accepted in filicide cases.

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