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What Does a Criminal Law Attorney Need to Know About Psychosis?

Courtesy of Godoy Medical Forensics   Psychosis is a condition that distorts attunement with reality. Throughout the years, there have been many criminal cases involving this rather complex illness. Due to its nature as a mental…
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Airport Mass Shooter Esteban Santiago ‘Wasn’t really thinking About it’ When He Killed Five – The Orlando Sentinel

Federal prosecutors and public defenders for veteran Esteban Santiago have agreed to a plea deal in which Santiago would receive five life sentences plus 120 years. Read more.     Image courtesy of the Broward County Sheriff's…
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A Drug Company Says This Shot Will Keep You Out of Prison – The Marshall Project

Johnson & Johnson has received FDA approval to promote Invega Sustenna as a drug that could potentially reduce the risk of incarceration for people with schizophrenia. Read more.
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Insanity Defense: What Does It Mean for Austin Harrouff’s Case? – WPTV

Attorneys for Austin Harrouff, who was caught eating the flesh of one of his victims when law enforcement arrived on the scene, have filed notice that they will be relying on an insanity defense in his trial. Read more.
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Out of Sight, Out of Mind: A Father Longs to Know How His Mentally Ill Son Went Blind and Deaf in State Custody – The Tampa Bay Times

After being arrested for carjacking, a man with schizophrenia spent three years in state custody. When he was released back to his family, he was deaf and blind. Read more.
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The Teenage Brain: Child Mind Institute Issues New Report on Teenage Mental Health – Markets Insider

This week, the Child Mind Institute released its 2017 Children's Mental Health Report, which includes analysis of why adolescent brain development creates a high-risk period of impulsive behaviors and the onset of mental health and substance…
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He Defended the Woman Who Drowned Her Five Children — Then Dedicated His Life to Making Sure It Never Happens Again – Narratively

George Parnham represented Andrea Yates, who was charged with drowning her five children. Yates was ultimately found not guilty by reason of insanity, primarily due to her severe case of postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis. Since…
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Will Virginia Execute a Man Whose Crimes Were Driven by Delusions? – The Intercept

On July 6th, Virginia is set to execute William Morva, who is convicted of killing a security guard and a police officers. His advocates, however, are asking Governor Terry McAuliffe to grant clemency to Morva in light of his severe mental…