In Cold Blood

pg 251-279

Explain how the trial of smith and hickcock might be affected by the m naughten rule

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A doctor is only required to answer yes or no. Thus, he does not have to explain his answer and opinion ruled.

"I think that within the usual definitions Mr. Hickock did know right from wrong."
Confined as he was by the M'Naghten Rule ("the usual definitions"), a formula quite color-blind to any gradations between black and white, Dr. Jones was impotent to answer otherwise. But of course the response was a letdown for Hickock's attorney, who hopelessly asked, "Can you qualify that answer?"


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