Nobody's child : a tragedy, a trial, and a history of the insanity defense
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New York, NY : W.W. Norton & Company, 2020.
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Published
New York, NY : W.W. Norton & Company, 2020.
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Book
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xii, 338 pages ; 24 cm
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English

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"The names and identifying details of many people who appear in this book have been changed. Dialogue has been reconstructed based on the author's contemporaneous notes, her recollection of events, interviews, and trial evidence."
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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"A powerful and humane exploration of the "insanity defense," through one heartbreaking case. A three-year-old boy dies, having apparently fallen while trying to reach a bag of sugar on a high shelf. His grandmother stands accused of second-degree murder. Psychologist Susan Nordin Vinocour agrees to evaluate the defendant, to determine whether the impoverished and mentally ill woman is competent to stand trial. Vinocour soon finds herself pulled headlong into a series of difficult questions, beginning with: Was the defendant legally insane on the night in question? As she wades deeper into the story, Vinocour traces the legal definition of insanity back nearly two hundred years, when our understanding of the human mind was in its infancy. "Competency" and "insanity," she explains, are creatures of legal definition, not psychiatric reality, and in criminal law, "insanity" has become a luxury of the rich and white. With passion, clarity, and heart, Vinocour examines the troubling intersection of mental health issues and the law"--,Provided by publisher.

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APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Vinocour, S. N. (2020). Nobody's child: a tragedy, a trial, and a history of the insanity defense (First edition.). W.W. Norton & Company.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Vinocour, Susan Nordin. 2020. Nobody's Child: A Tragedy, a Trial, and a History of the Insanity Defense. W.W. Norton & Company.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Vinocour, Susan Nordin. Nobody's Child: A Tragedy, a Trial, and a History of the Insanity Defense W.W. Norton & Company, 2020.

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Vinocour, Susan Nordin. Nobody's Child: A Tragedy, a Trial, and a History of the Insanity Defense First edition., W.W. Norton & Company, 2020.

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