Insanity FAQs:

Q: Is insanity most commonly encountered as an informal unscientific term denoting mental instability?

A: Yes, or in the narrow legal context of the insanity defense.

Q: Is insanity a legal question and not a medical one?

A: Yes, and the judge and or jury will make the final decision regarding the defendant's status regarding an insanity defense.

Q: Is insanity considered malingering?

A: Yes.

Q: Is insanity no longer considered a medical diagnosis but is a legal term in the United States?

A: Yes, and stemming from its original use in common law.

Q: Is insanity to denote something considered highly unique?

A: Yes, and passionate or extreme, including in a positive sense.

Q: Is insanity feigned in order to avoid or lessen the consequences of a confrontation or conviction for an alleged crime?

A: Yes.

Q: Is insanity "non compos mentis"?

A: Yes, In law, mens rea means having had criminal intent, or a guilty mind, when the act was committed.

Q: Is insanity the simulation of mental illness in order to deceive?

A: Yes.

Q: Is insanity generally no defense in a civil lawsuit?

A: Yes.

Q: Was insanity the case of Mafia boss Vincent Gigante?

A: Yes, and who pretended for years to be suffering from dementia, and was often seen wandering aimlessly around his neighborhood in his pajamas muttering to himself.