? asked in Politics & GovernmentLaw & Ethics · 2 months ago

Can a mental illness be an excuse to get away from the consequences of one's actions? ?

2 Answers

  • 2 months ago

    No, mental illness is not a free ticket to get away from consequences. The criminal consequences are still there, there is civil confinement in a mental institution, and having to pay for the damages.  If the ill person can't pay, then the people who SHOULD have guarded him/her will have to pay.

  • 2 months ago

    No.  There are always consequences.  Confinement to treatment in a mental facility is a consequence even if a verdict in a criminal trial is 'not guilty by reason of insanity'; however, in more and more jurisdictions, the 'guilty but mentally ill' is the verdict in criminal cases, and with that, confinement is ordered until the perpetrator is deemed sufficiently recovered, and then they finish their criminal sentence the same as any convict would. There is no 'getting away' with anything.

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