Buckley Jr., WM.F.
July 1982
National Review;7/23/1982, Vol. 34 Issue 14, p916
The article discusses the verdict of "not guilty" for reason of insanity in the 1982 trial of John Hinckley Jr. for his attempted assassination of U.S. President Ronald Reagan. The verdict puts a doubt on the adversary system in the country. After the verdict, the adversary system is considered as a way of deciding public questions, like whether Hinckley should be punished as a murderer or detained as a psychiatric patient. The verdict also puts a doubt on experts, who were arguing with each other on questions, such as whether Hinckley knew what he was doing and knew that what he was doing was wrong. If experts themselves can't answer such questions then they lack operative knowledge.


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