The military insanity defense.
R. G. Lande,
Bull. Amer. Acad. Psychiatry & the Law
19(2): 193-201, 1991.
This article describes the military insanity defense. The success of the litigated insanity defense is
explored through the number of insanity acquittals over a 28-month period. A questionnaire
distributed to all United States Army psychiatrists provided information on the number of forensic
evaluations performed, the number of not criminally responsible (NCR) opinions made, and the
disposition of noncontested NCR opinions. The questionnaire also tested the Army psychiatrists'
knowledge about recent changes in the military insanity defense. This pilot study raises interesting
questions about the military insanity defense that further research can address.