POLICE Magazine

SEP 2018

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66 POLICE SEPTEMBER 2018 Editor's Note: e principal author of this article, Arizona-based forensic psychiatrist Dr. Steven E. Pitt, was murdered in late May. He was targeted by one of the subjects he had evaluated. at sub- ject, Dwight Lamon Jones, blamed numerous people for his di- vorce, including Pitt. Jones killed six people in a two-day rampage in Scottsdale. en when tracked down by police, he exchanged fire with officers before taking his own life. Dr. Pitt frequently as- sisted Phoenix-area law enforcement. Earlier in his career he con- sulted on the Columbine High School Massacre and the JonBenet Ramsey murder. lthough rarely raised and even more rarely successful, the insanity defense can present significant challenges for law enforcement and attorneys alike. In most cases, issues related to a defendant's mental state at the time of the offense are touched upon obliquely during a trial on the merits and during the pen- alty phase, typically in an effort to mitigate his or her sentence. But the defendant's mental state and/or mental health history is PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES HANDLING SUSPECTS' CLAIMS OF INSANITY DURING INTERROGATION STEVEN E. PITT, ERIN M. NELSON, BRYAN CHAPMAN, IAN LAMOUREUX IF YOU KNOW THE RIGHT QUESTIONS TO ASK AND HOW TO ASK THEM, YOU'LL HELP EVALUATORS DETERMINE IF AN OFFENDER'S ENDORSEMENT OF MENTAL ILLNESS IS GENUINE. A

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