Andrea Yates Found Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity After Retrial

Yates Is Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity, WASH. POST, July 27, 2006, at A03; Rick Casey,  Yates Jury Wiser than Hired Guns, Hous. CHRON., Aug. 2, 2006

At roughly the same time that the United States Supreme Court was issuing its ruling in Clark v. Arizona, 126 S. Ct. 2709 (2006), that states can limit the scope of their insanity defense, a Texas jury returned a verdict that Andrea Yates was not guilty by reason of insanity for drowning her young children in their bathtub at home five years ago. Texas, like Arizona, employs an insanity defense that is limited to what the Supreme Court refers to as the moral incapacity test (i.e., that as a result of mental illness, the defendant did not know right from wrong)...

Found in DMHL Volume 25 Issue 2