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You are part of a fact finding panel for your state court system. The court has a concern over the methods in which persons who are mentally ill violent offenders are handled. You are charged with selecting a modern court case (past 30 years) in which a sanity issue arose regarding a violent offender. The case may involve a Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity Plea, or it may involve a directive by the court for a sanity hearing. You may also select a case with a court consideration of idiot status was determined.

You must prepare a briefing report on the methods that were used to assess the defendant by the court in the case you selected. Discuss the outcome of the case and the mechanism that resulted in the defendant’s evaluation for sanity.

In a 3 pages position paper, respond to the following:

Articulate the mental disorder(s) being considered by the court in the case that you selected, and why this disorder would make the defendant unfit for trial.

Explain the relationship between the actions and behavior that would cause the court to remand the defendant for a mental evaluation.

Evaluate the outcome of the case you selected in terms of the defendant, the victim, and the community.

Critique the court’s decision in the case you selected.

Challenge the court’s decision with your supported reasons.

It is critical that, when you make a statement of fact in your presentation, you cite the reference that you used to obtain the information from. Do this in the text of the paper, and then include the reference in your References page. As always, your paper will be submitted in the current edition of APA format. No abstract is required because this is a short-position paper, but a title page, reference page, and appropriate running header with page numbers are necessary.

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An Analysis of Scott Penatti’s Case
1. Introduction
In 1992 Scott Panetti, a schizophrenic patient, killed his parent-in-law and later took the wife and the daughter as hostages. Early next morning he released his family and surrendered to the police. After three years, the Texas court tried him where he asked to represent himself during the hearing. As a protocol, the Jury decided on a competency test before the admissibility of his representation. The competency test seeks to determine the mental stability of the defendant as well as affirm that he or she is aware of his actions together with their ramifications. The test identified that he suffered from hallucinations, fragmented personality, and delusions. Scott’s mental records indicated that he suffered from Schizophrenia with a dozen cases of hospitalization and psychiatrists had recommended high psychiatric drugs as well as cognitive interventions. His wife also explained that in a one of the Schizophrenia episodes, the patient had burnt some of household valuables in the claims that evil spirits had...

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