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Temporary insanity – Part 3


As we have seen, New York Congressman Daniel Sickles killed his wife’s lover in 1859 and was acquitted of the charge of murder.

Sickles used the innovative defense of “temporary insanity” and was able to have distinguished military and political careers after his sensational trial concluded.

Several decades later, another American politician was part of a scenario that also included an extramarital affair, a violent death and a plea of “temporary insanity.”

This second series of events, however, differed from the first in several key aspects. This time the shooter was the jilted l...

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