Hostage, a person held in captivity to assure that an agreement is observed or to coerce another party into taking (or not taking) some action. Countries in ancient and medieval times sometimes exchanged hostages, often persons of high rank, who could be put to death if certain agreements were broken. Invading armies often take hostages of local citizens to discourage resistance to their occupation. Terrorists sometimes seize hostages both to force concessions from governments and to gain publicity for their cause.
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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