Andrea Yates “not guilty by reasons of insanity”


The case of Andrea Yates made the headlines in 2001 and continues to stir controversy today. Originally found guilty in the courts, Yates was retried and found “not guilty by reason of insanity.” She was to be committed to a mental hospital for treatment.

Research the Andrea Yates cases and the use of the “not guilty by reason of insanity” plea in the justice system. Summarize your research of the Yates case. After critically thinking through your position on this case, explain your position and your reasoning for that position.


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