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    01.29.11 Professor Gerald Shargel on Arizona Shooter Jared Loughner in The Daily Beast
    Gerald Shargel

    In his most recent column for The Daily Beast blog, Professor Gerald Shargel explores the strength of Arizona shooter Jared Loughner's expected insanity plea. Although recent evidence that Loughner researched past assassins and the death penalty in the days before the shooting could derail an insanity defense, Professor Shargel explains that a delusional disorder defense is still possible. "Today, with a delusional disorder defense the right versus wrong test is not whether the defendant believed he was justified based on his delusional view of reality," he said, "but whether society would objectively judge his actions as an appropriate response to his delusions."

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