Arraignment, the calling of a person before a court of law to answer a criminal charge. The charge is read and the person accused is requested by the judge to plead guilty or not guilty. In the United States, no person can be brought to trial unless he or she is first arraigned. Arraignment is designed to prevent the injustice of bringing an accused person to trial without previously informing him of the nature and cause of the charges against him.
Societies have used some form of the insanity defense throughout history to protect people who have a mental illness. But it’s not always easy to convince a jury that someone didn’t know right from wrong. Here are 10 of the world’s most notable insanity defenses.
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