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StatusIn Process
TitleNobody's child : a tragedy, a trial, and a history of the insanity defense / Susan Nordin Vinocour. First edition. Ed
AuthorVinocour, Susan Nordin, author.
Call No345.73 VIN
CollectionAdult 300-399
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Catalog Details

International Standard Book Number 9780393651935 (epub)
International Standard Book Number 9780393651928 (hardcover)
Dewey Decimal Classification Number 345.747/04 23
Personal Name Vinocour, Susan Nordin, author.
Title Statement Nobody's child : a tragedy, a trial, and a history of the insanity defense / Susan Nordin Vinocour.
Edition Statement First edition.
Production, Publication, Distribution, Manufacture, and Copyright Notice New York : W. W. Norton & Company, 2020.
Physical Description pages cm
Content Type text txt rdacontent
Media Type unmediated n rdamedia
Carrier Type volume nc rdacarrier
General Note "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."
Bibliography, Etc. Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note Prologue -- The Crime -- The Trial -- The Punishment -- Epilogue
Summary, Etc. "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.
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Trials (Murder) New York (State)
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Insanity defense United States.
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Insanity (Law) United States.
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Competency to stand trial United States.

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