|John Hinckley Jr., escaped conviction for his attempted assassination of President Reagan with psychiatric assistance.|
he so-called insanity defense was only the beginning. Psychiatry has given us an ever-increasing number of illnesses, mania and disorders which are then employed to justify wrongdoing and set criminals free to steal, harm or kill again.
An arsonist who routinely sets people and their property on fire could be excused as suffering from pyromania disorder.
A person who seems unable to restrain himself from stealing whether a shoplifter or an auto-thief may be suffering from kleptomania disorder.
A child molester or child rapist could escape conviction by claiming to suffer from pedophilia disorder.
A man who repeatedly batters his wife for personal satisfaction could go unpunished by claiming he was suffering from paraphelia disorder.