Insanity Defense

DISCLAIMER: The results are specific to the facts and legal circumstances of each of the clients' cases and should not be used to form an expectation that the same results could be obtained for other clients in similar matters without reference to the specific factual and legal circumstances of each client's case.

A client of the firm was charged in an eleven-count indictment on charges including abduction, use of a firearm in commission of a felony, assault, threats to burn a home, brandishing a firearm, and violating a protective order.  The charges came about after a hostage situation involving the client and his family members in which the client was accused of abducting his wife using a rifle, threatening to burn down the family home, and causing the police to bring in a hostage negotiator who ultimately convinced him to release his family.  Attorneys Peter Greenspun and Muhammad Elsayed represented the client during the three-day trial, introducing the testimony of a defense expert and the Commonwealth’s own expert on insanity, both of whom concluded that the client suffered severe mental illness that rendered him legally insane at the time of the incident.  After several hours of deliberations, the jury returned a unanimous verdict of “not guilty by reason of insanity.”