Cleveland Sex Offender Insanity Plea Called Unlikely To Work


Anthony Sowell, the registered sex offender accused of killing 11 women and leaving their remains in and around his Cleveland home, pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, but such a verdict is rare because juries are too skeptical, experts tell the Christian Science Monitor.

“Even with the supportive testimonies of expert psychiatrists, jurors don’t like to buy this idea because they feel like they are letting someone skirt responsibility,” says law Prof. Robert Pugsley of Los Angeles’s Southwestern School of Law. Analysts will be watching the Sowell case to see if it advances the McNaughton rule – the legal code that offers guidance on insanity pleas.

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