Our Subject: Andrea Yates Andrea Pia Yates born July 2, 1964 is a former residen
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Andrea Pia Yates born July 2, 1964 is a former resident of Houston, Texas, who confessed to drowning her five children in their bathtub on June 20, 2001. She had been suffering for some time from very severe postpartum depression, postpartum psychosis and schizophrenia. During her trial, she was represented by Houston criminal defense attorney, George Parnham. Chuck Rosenthal, the district attorney in Harris County, asked for the death penalty in her 2002 trial. Her case placed the M’Naghten rules, along with the irresistible impulse test, a legal test for sanity, under close public scrutiny in the United States. She was convicted of capital murder, but the jury refused the death penalty option. She was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 40 years. The verdict was overturned on appeal, in light of false testimony by one of the expert psychiatric witnesses. On July 26, 2006, a Texas jury in her retrial found that Yates was not guilty by reason of insanity. She was consequently committed by the court to the North Texas State Hospital, Vernon Campus, a high-security mental health facility in Vernon, where she received medical treatment and was a roommate of Dena Schlosser, another woman who committed infanticide by killing her infant daughter. In January 2007, she was moved to a low-security state mental hospital in Kerrville, Kerrville State Hospital.
Conduct your own research and then answer the following questions:
Explain the general facts of the case and the holding while defining not guilty by reason of insanity, the M’Naghten Rule and the Irresistible Impulse Test. Compare and contrast all three and weigh pros and cons of each. Critique mental illness as a mitigating factor in determining punishment. Justify whether mental illness is or is not a valid defense and why? Support your opinion with empirical research. Incorporate as much material as applicable from class and other outside sources.
The essay must be APA format, at least 3-5 pages in length in actual content, double-spaced, using 12-point font with 1-inch margins and include 3-5 legitimate sources