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Music settled insanity is defined as a permanent or settled condition caused by long-term substance abuse and differs from the temporary state of intoxication in some United States jurisdictions settled insanity can be used as a basis for an insanity defense even though voluntary intoxication cannot if the settled insanity negative one of the required elements of the crime such as malice aforethought however US federal and state courts have differed in their interpretations of when the use of settled insanity is acceptable as an insanity defense and also over what is included in the concept of settled insanity early English common law recognized settled insanity as a complete defense for a person who is a habitual drug but is not intoxicated at the time of the offense a complete defense accelerates the accused and as a verdict of not guilty that's a person meeting the criteria of settled insanity is not considered responsible for his actions under the edmonton rules the first attempt in criminal law to address the issue of a mentally ill defendant mental illness or insanity can be used as a defense if the defendant was unable to understand the criminal nature of his act or was unable to distinguish right from wrong at that time of the offense the standard for an insanity defense developed by the American Law Institute requires a showing that the defendants mental illness prevented him from abiding by the law traditionally under English common law intoxication no matter to what degree was not considered grounds for excusing the defendants criminal behavior however over the last half-century there has been a movement toward allowing intoxication as evidence admissible in court to help the jury understand the criminal act and perhaps use it as a next or a mitigating factor all the voluntary intoxication is not considered an excuse for a criminal act if it can be shown that the defendant was too intoxicated to deliberate or premeditate the wrongful act locking malice aforethought a defense of diminished capacity while not excusing the defendant from responsibility for the act can serve to reduce the charges similarly the plea of temporary insanity applicable only to charges of murder can serve to reduce the charges from first-degree murder to assault or lessen the sentence if it can be shown that the defendant due to intoxication acted without a liberation or reflection locking malice aforethought thus negating specific intent however ten states have rejected that specific intent can be negated by voluntary intoxication some jurisdictions allow voluntary intoxication in the context of a pre-existing mental disorder to qualify for an insanity defense over time as United States Court ruling have been refining the insanity defense the concept of settled insanity has been evolving originally any form of insanity caused by the voluntary use of drugs was not an eligible defense for a criminal offense the rationale was that any asset results from voluntary behavior including the voluntary intake of drugs is choosing to increase the risk of breaking the law most United States jurisdictions now recognize that the long term voluntary use of an intoxicating substance can cause a stable or settled insanity that can serve as a defense to a criminal act especially if the long term use exacerbated a pre-existing mental condition for example the concept of settled insanity includes a delirium tremens experienced by alcoholic during alcohol withdrawal but it excludes temporary insanity of intoxication California law recognizes settled insanity in the case of long term youth but it does not recognize the temporary mental state caused by the recent consumption of an intoxicant as a sufficient defense moreover recent rulings have upheld that the insanity need not be permanent to qualify as a defense of settled insanity for instance in a case where a woman with a substance induced psychosis murdered her mother expert witnesses testified that the defendant had personality defects that predisposed her to psychosis and that the psychosis was triggered by chronic substance abuse and the resulting nine months of hospitalization the defendant was found guilty because the court ruled that her insanity was temporary however the Supreme Court of California overturned the lower court's guilty finding ruling not guilty by reason of insanity and stating that temporary psychosis is not caused by an episode of intoxication constitute settled insanity and qualifies as a complete defense in People v Skinner the California Supreme Court further specified the criteria for settled insanity the person must have a mental illness that is relatively stable over time not caused solely by the length of time the substance was abused and it must also meet the legal definition of insanity in that jurisdiction therefore it appears that the court is stating that a threshold condition for the insanity defense exists when there is a permanent impairment caused by chronic substance abuse in a person with a pre-existing mental illness and related to substance abuse but aggravated or set-off by voluntary intoxication however a 2007 decision by the Colorado Court of Appeals in People v grant upheld a lower court ruling that did not allow expert testimony on the defendants state of mind due to voluntary intoxication thus ruling out any possibility that the issue of settled insanity might be raised in those states allowing a settled insanity defense the expert witness must first determine whether any symptoms of a mental disorder were present at the time of the offense and if there were determine if those symptoms were the result of a lasting impairment rather than caused by intoxication no matter how acute if it can be shown that any assisting the mental disorder is lasting or relatively enduring then the expert must be able to show how the mental illness interfered with the defendants ability to know the nature and consequences of his or 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