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Mounting an insanity defense to criminal charges

Illinois residents may be aware that a defense based on insanity is being mounted by attorneys representing the man accused of killing 12 people in a Colorado movie theater in July 2012. While many people may believe that this kind of behavior demonstrates clear evidence of some form of mental defect, this type of defense is actually quite rare. Attorneys representing defendants may be reluctant to enter a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity for a number of reasons.

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