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Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984

Pronunciation: kom-pre-hen'siv krim kon-trol' akt

Definition: A standard applied to defendants tried in U.S. federal courtrooms that allows an affirmative defense, if, at the time of the crime, “the defendant, as a result of severe mental disease or deficit, was unable to appreciate the nature and quality or wrongfulness of his acts; mental disease, or defect does not otherwise constitute a defense.”

See Also: American Law Institute rule, Durham rule, M'Naghten rule, criminal insanity

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