Please help me with these questions:
1. Discuss TN state's criteria for insanity defense.
2. If Andrea Yates should receive a new trial, what kind of punishment does she deserves (if any). Do you think she should be able to plead NGRI for the crime? Explain your answer.
3. What types of questions would you ask a defendant to assess his or her competence to stand trial?
4. What do you think are some of the difficulties in prosecuting mentally ill offenders?
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This solution discusses TN state's criteria for insanity defense. it also discusses the case of Andrea Yates and if she should receive a new trial, as well as what kind of punishment does she deserves (if any) and if she should be able to plead NGRI (guilty but mentally ill) for the crime. It also explores the types of questions that would be used to assess a defendant's competence to stand trial. Finally, some of potential difficulties in prosecuting mentally ill offenders are examined. References are provided.