Arson, the criminal act of deliberately setting fire to a building or other property. Originally, it referred to the malicious burning of another's property. Today it also refers to the burning of one's own property in order to collect insurance. Several degrees of arson are recognized, with corresponding severity of punishment. For example, setting fire to an apartment house or residence is considered a graver offense than burning an unoccupied warehouse where the danger to human life is slight. If loss of life occurs, murder may be added to the charge of arson.
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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