Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentLaw & Ethics · 2 months ago

Why was Jeffrey Dahmer considered sane, in legal terms?

I read about him long ago but never the details of his crimes until anthropology class, what the hell was wrong with that dude, why was he even considered sane with the atrocities he committed. 

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  • Bruce
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    2 months ago
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    Legal insanity, for the purpose of using it as a defense, requires the person to be unable to know the difference between right and wrong. Dahmer knew what he was doing was wrong.

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  • I think that despite being severely mentally ill he still knew it was wrong to murder people. I still think they should have put him in a psychiatric hospital.

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  • 2 months ago

    He was evil. He only lasted a few weeks in prison before the inmates killed him.

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  • 2 months ago

    Legally sane doesn't equal socially or morally sane. He knew what he did was wrong, that's enough for the courts. 

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