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Landmark Cases

Case Name: REX v. M'NAGHTEN (spelling varies)

Date, Location, Cite: 1843 ENGLAND
8 Eng. Rep. 718; 10 Clark & Fin 200,210

Law Lords Council

McNaghten was a Scottish Wood-turner; he felt persecuted; killed Pvt. Secretary of Robert Peel, the Prime Minister; wanted to stop plot against him; Secretary was shot in back; died of medical malpractice (due to bleeding with leeches); Judge Tindall presided.; 9 experts-ALL found him insane; found NGRI (Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity), sent to Bedlam, went to Broadmoor in 1863, died there. Dr. Ed Monro testified; press ridiculed, even tho' both sides agreed;
FIRST APPELLATE CASE TO GIVE SUBSTANTIVE TEST FOR INSANITY.
See also McNaghten Rules