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

hot 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
nd 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