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  • What impact would eliminating the insanity defense have on the legal system?
  • Is justice served by jailing a person who cannot distinguish between right and wrong?
  • Would a “guilty by reason of insanity” verdict permit justice to be served?
  • Should mental illness be a relevant factor in a trial?
  • Can insane people be rehabilitated? If so, should they be tried for the crime once they have been rehabilitated?
  • Are psychiatrists truly capable of determining who is insane?
  • How can psychiatrists offer opinions concerning insanity, which are totally contrary?
  • Has the insanity defense become a "get out of jail free" card?

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