Appreciation Test – requires clear, convincing evidence that at the time of the crime, the defendant suffered from a severe mental disease or defect preventing them from appreciating the wrongfulness of the conduct

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appreciation test:
(1970)

1. Criminal law. A test for the insanity defense requiring proof by clear and convincing evidence that at the time of the crime, the defendant suffered from a severe mental disease or defect preventing him or her from appreciating the wrongfulness of the conduct.  *  This test, along with the accompanying plea of not guilty by reason of insanity, was established by the Insanity Defense Reform Act of 1984. 18 USCA § 17. — aka Insanity Defense Reform Act of 1984 test. [1]

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[1]: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black & Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-62130-6

 

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