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November 16, 1907

THE CRIMINAL RESPONSIBILITY OF INSANE PERSONS.CHAIRMAN'S ADDRESS BEFORE THE SECTION ON NERVOUS AND MENTAL DISEASES OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, AT ATLANTIC CITY, JUNE, 1907.

Author Affiliations

Physician for Nervous Diseases, Boston City Hospital. BOSTON.

JAMA. 1907;XLIX(20):1643-1650. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25320200001001
Abstract

In a trial which has recently aroused the attention of the whole country to a degree unusual even in criminal trials, the failure of the jury to arrive at an agreement regarding the mental responsibility of the defendant has awakened attention to the jury system and the law of criminal responsibility. Doubts have been freely expressed by thinking persons as to the capability of juries to correlate the facts with the law as expounded by the courts, and as to the soundness of the psychologic principles the law formulates.

In view of the wide public interest which has been excited, the great diversity of views which have been publicly expressed (for, like the Dreyfus affair, the case has been tried before the great jury of the public as exhaustively as before that of the court), and the importance to society that criminal acts shall not go unpunished where a just

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