High Court Reviews Insanity-Defense Case
This NPR news transcript discusses whether the Supreme Court will accept the “insanity defense” when a schizophrenic man shoots an officer.
When and How to Pair: Have students read this text after finishing Act III of the play as a contemporary comparison on justice and insanity. Pair “High Court Reviews Insanity-Defense Case” with The Crucible and ask students to discuss how the notions of guilt and justice have evolved in the United States, and how this system may or may not take advantage of neuro-atypical, marginalized people — is the insanity plea a valid defense? Why or why not?