Prosecutor Refuses to Put Mentally Ill Man on Trial

“Trying the case wasn’t the proper thing to do. I couldn’t ethically prosecute the case,” he said.

Mentally Ill Defendant Puts State In a Bind

What followed the prosecutor’s ethical decision not to prosecute illustrates why states need to examine the intersection of the Olmstead Ruling and Criminal Justice (There is commentary on this issue on the Advocate’s Workshop page.)  States also need to develop laws and procedures for the proper disposition and long-term case management of NGRI acquittees.  States should not deal with NGRI as if it is like any other verdict.  The law needs to remember the context that gives rise to NGRI in the first place.  The absence of rational disposition policies and procedures in the linked-to article contributed to the controversial actions of the District Attorney, Prosecutor, and Judge.

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