Question: English & Literature

What is the insanity defense? What impact did this defense have in Hickock and Smith's trial? How might the outcome have been different had the defense been used more efficiently?

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The insanity defense is when the defendant admits to the crime, but claims to have been insane at the time of the crime was committed. Through legal precedent, it was established in Hickock and Smith's trial that insanity did not apply to them. However, the author suggests that if the defense had been able to present all their evidence, there might have been support for the idea that both Hickock and Smith were mentally deficient at the time of the crime and unable to control their actions.
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