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3/12/10: Understanding the Insanity Defense

Brian David Mitchell
Brian David Mitchell

By Jennifer Napier-Pearce

Salt Lake City, Utah – On March 12, 2003, 15-year-old Elizabeth Smart was reunited with her family after being held captive for nine months. On Friday, a judge will set a trial date for one of her accused kidnappers, Brian David Mitchell. Mitchell's attorneys say he'll likely claim an insanity defense. So just what is the insanity plea and how does it mesh with the larger idea of accountability? Join guest host Jennifer Napier-Pearce for a conversation about the intersection of mental illness and justice.

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