Strategic Use of the Insanity Plea in Criminal Defense
About this Program
In order to successfully defend a client with mental illness, criminal defense practitioners must have a thorough understanding of the insanity plea and the standards that govern this affirmative defense. Prominent Texas criminal defense attorney George Parnham examines the origins of the insanity defense as well as the important steps involved in preparing to use the defense at trial. Througout the course, Mr. Parnham shares personal insights about his representation of high-profile clients suffering from mental illness such as Andrea Yates, and provides guidance on picking a sympathetic jury. In addition, this program provides useful information with respect to the selection and preparation of experts, the importance of getting a psychiatric evaluation for the client as soon as possible, as well as common sense issues implicated in establishing a credible and sincere mental illness defense. This is an excellent course for all criminal defense attorneys, as well as general practitioners seeking direction on how to represent mentally ill individuals entangled in the criminal justice system.
I. The McNaughtan Standard
II. Preparation of the Defense
III. Selection & Preparation of Experts
IV. Common Sense Issues
Informative presentation with practical guidance, especially on the use of experts.
the guy who does this is awesome. he's a beast. he's killing it.
good course. chilling factual examples.
Excellent program. I am particularly impressed with the generosity of Mr. Parnham to share his knowledge, and his willingness to help his fellow attorneys.
One of the best courses yet.
Probably one of the most knowledgeable speakers on this topic in the country.
He has a nice way of how he presents himself. Calm, Cool, knowledgeable and substantive. Having dtried a number of insanity defense cases myself, I can appreciate the presentation.
What a lawyer!!
Not a criminal defense lawyer, but I found this seminar very, very informative and very interesting.
Excellent course. Very interesting as well as informative.
This program was excellent. It provided the practical application of an insanity defense. The tips for jury selection and interviewing a client were very helpful.
Enjoyed the program.
excellent lecture, very difficult and nuanced practical area of the law that was explained well with real world examples that help illustrate both successes and pitfalls
Nice tie in to a sensations case to illustrate principles.
Great Seminar. A wealth of information.
Parnham's experience in representing defendants who were insane at the time of the commission of murderous actions against children and others is invaluable.
Excellent presentation. It is the kind of program that practioners with experience appreciate and can benefit from.
this course was excellent in all respects; it was succinct, informative, and educa- tional for an attorney who does not practice in the criminal defense area but as a philosopher interested in this area, was very illucidating. thank you george. cordially, joe frantin, miami
I heard the speaker before...he is so impressive and compassionate
Valuable to criminal defense lawyers
Great personal stories and well presented info on an area I would normally not have taken notice of.
I leanred a great deal. Very impressed with George's willingness to help fellow defense attorneys & share his materials! Thank you!
Great coverage by someone who has been in the trenches. I found this presentation extremely interesting even though I don't practice criminal law.
Mr. Parnham appears to be very dedicated and caring as well as extremely knowledgeable, but it would help if he could be a little more ebullient or dynamic in his presentation.
Very good basic introduction
Anyone would be fortunate to collaborate with Mr Parnham. Thank you for this presentation.
EXCELLENT EXCELLENT EXCELLENT!!
Very informative and thought provoking.
Obviously, Mr. Parnham has extraordinary experience. But I was just as impressed with his earnest, unpretentious demeanor and manifest concern for his clients. The advice was all won in the school of experience -- little tips that, once stated seemed obvious but were details that absent the benefits of experience I would certainly overlook.
Excellent speaker. He communicates well and is easy to understand.
real life examples, good instructional tool.
Very interesting. One of the best courses I have viewed!
Mr. Parnham was an excellent speaker. He is very experienced in a field most attorneys face rarely. I was very impressed, thank you.
I took the course because it sounded interesting, and I have done some volunteer work with a mental health association. Mr. Parnham has an enormous command of this subject, and I think he was an outstanding choice to present this information in a short course, if only to demonstrate the depth of knowledge required to handle one of these matters.