In July APA and the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL) submitted an amicus brief supporting Delling's argument that he has a legal right to use an insanity defense and that the state cannot deny him that right. Idaho, Kansas, Montana, and Utah have passed laws abolishing the insanity defense. Paul Appelbaum, M.D., the Dollard Professor of Psychiatry, Medicine, and Law at Columbia University and chair of the APA Committee on Judicial Action, told Psychiatric News, "The Court's decision not to hear Delling leaves open the question of whether the insanity defense is constitutionally required for another day. We are encouraged that three justices voted to hear the case and that they cited the APA brief in support of their argument."
Read more about the Delling case and the APA/AAPL amicus brief in Psychiatric News.
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