A man has a mental breakdown. During this, he murders someone. Should he be punished for his actions? (Assume with certainty this breakdown was a random one-time occurrence, and he had no real control over what he was doing)
Not like complete murder (not positive of the term, sorry) but some punishment should take place, just not nearly as severe as it would have been hasn't he suffered the mental brake down.
Treatment - rehabilitation - not punishment
Punishment, but certainly not murder 1 or 2. Manslaughter maybe? Maybe a stint in the psyche ward, I don't think jail would be an appropriate punishment in a situation like this. Wow, I think I just gave 2 conflicting opinions. Glad I'm not a judge!
I don't know what they do when people plead insanity in court, but that seems like a good course of action to take.
I'm talking more in ideological terms than legal
The main thing I'm asking is if someone is not in control of their actions, should they be punished for them. I was going to ask that same concept in different scenarios, now I'm not so sure I will.
Actually I'm just going to ask that directly lol
He still has to answer for the crime.