Fredrick E. Vars • 30 Dec 2013

When God Spikes Your Drink: Guilty Without Mens Rea

Professor Fredrick Vars criticizes the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Metrish v. Lancaster. That case broadened the prohibition on introducing evidence of mental illness to negate intent in criminal cases. Because many states allow evidence of intoxication on intent, Professor Vars argues that it is illogical and unfair to prohibit evidence of mental illness.