The Insanity Plea by Winslad and Ross: Summary

The Insanity Plea is a book about the Uses & Abuses of the Insanity Defense in
various cases. The book is by William J. Winslade and Judith Wilson Ross. In
this report, I will basically summarize the book and tell you different ways
people have used and abused the Criminal Justice System using The Insanity
Plea.

I will first talk about the case of Dan White. On November 18, 1978,
Preliminary reports began broadcasting news of the events in a town called
Jonestown, at first all that was known, was that people of a religious cult
shot and may have even killed California Congressman Leo Ryan. Then on
November 27, 9 days after the news of the death of Congressman Ryan another 2
deaths happened. George Moscone, the mayor of San Francisco, and Harvey Milk,
a city supervisor and the leader of San Francisco's politically active gay
community, had been shot and killed at death in the San Francisco City Hall.
The Police then sniffed-out and charged Dan White with the murders of the 3
people.

In 2 years the trial ended with the verdict of guilty on the account of
manslaughter. He was later sentenced to 7 years and 8 months in a Prison,
with a possibility of parole after 5. After the verdict there were Riots
breaking out in the streets because of the verdict. Before hand he was elected
a Supervisor and resigned because he didn't like the way that Politics worked.
The point before, that I may not have mentioned, is that the defense argued
that he was insane and that "a person with a normal background who was brought
up in a good home, something is obviously missing." Since he was being charged
on 3 accounts of Murder in the 1st, they somewhat bought the insane defense so
they lowered his charges to 1 account of voluntary manslaughter, where he
received 7 years and 8 months with a possibility of parole after 5 years.

In the summer of 1978, Lyman Bostock seemed to have it made very good. He
was one of the 3 highest paid players EVER in the American League and he was
highly regarded by fans and sportscasters alike. Then one errie, summer night
at 10:30 Lyman Bostock was gunned down at Fifth and Jackson in downtown Gary,
Illinois while he was riding in the back seat of his uncle's Buick with a
twelve gauge shot gun, that was fired by a Mr Leonard Smith. Leonard Smith
was a 33 year old, unemployed Truck Driver, who lived in Illinois. He had
never met or seen Lyman Bostock, but if you think about it, if he actually sat
down to think about it, a pro baseball player would obviously be very high.
Leonard had dreamed about getting it as good as Lyman, he dreamt about a wife,
a kid, a dog, a nice house with a fence around it, and job security, but his
attempts always failed because of things like his wife, his employers, racial
prejudice and life itself. Although it was not lucky at all for Lyman to be on
Fifth avenue and having his skull blasted away with a gun, it because extremely
more lucky for Bostock because in 21 months after the shooting, he walked out
of jail after receiving 4 months of physiciatric treatment and three months of
evaluation. He was found not guilty of all charges due to the plea of Insanity.
To get that verdict he had to go through 2 trials. In the first trial, that
lasted 3 days, it ended in a hung jury. Dr. Frank Hoggle and Dr. Lee Michael
testified in the 1st trial. Dr Hoggle saw him on and off for about 3 months.
Dr Perioclat only saw him twice and each of those times they were very brief.
Both had testified, that he was both legally sane. Dr Hogle was a little
doubtful about his legally sane verdict but the other one was very certain of
it. In the second trial that was held, they eventually got to the not guilty
verdict due to insanity and some time in a crazy phicility(is that a scientific
term?).

The last case that I will tell you about in this report is the case of
Robert Torsney. Robert Torsney was a New York City Cop who always carried
around his gun. The killing occurred in daylight while he was sober, working,
alert, and paying attention to details. Torsney had