Presenting the Insanity Defense in Illinois

Production Date: October 07, 2016 Practice Areas: Criminal Law, Litigation, and Public Interest Law Estimated Length: 3953 minutes


$ 59 Criminal Law, Litigation, and Public Interest Law In Stock

This lecture describes the practical problems of presenting an insanity defense in Illinois. Topics include: (1) the clear and convincing standard, not guilty but mentally ill, and the elimination of the control prong of insanity, (2) choosing an expert and documenting a social history, (3) lay witnesses, (4) the use of objective testing, (5) fighting the “battle of the experts,” (6) the consequences of an insanity finding, (7) jury instructions, and (8) closing argument.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Review Illinois law on the insanity defense
  2. Understand the practical issues and pitfalls involved in presenting the insanity defense in an Illinois criminal case
Donna W.
Northbrook, IL

I again enjoyed and learned from this instructor. I never practiced criminal law, but I found his lectures to be enlightening.

Robert H.
Chicago, IL

This is the third session I have listened to by this presenter. He is very good.

Sam W.
Aurora, IL

Very enjoyable. Crim Law in law school, at least for me, did not go over the history and evolution of insanity. This is because of the same reasons explained in the course, it is rare, and almost never succeeds. Still, I found the subject interesting and appreciate the ability to finally learn more on the subject.

Robert M.
Woodbridge, VA

Great illustrations and practice tips.

Patricia F.
Chicago, IL