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Wild Beast Standard - not guilty by reason of insanity as to be totally deprived or reason such as an infant or a wild beast.
M'Naghten Rule or Standard - wherein it must be clearly proven that at the time of the crime, the defendant waa under such a defect of reason from disease of the mind, as not to know the nature and quality of the act he was doing; or if he did know it he did not know he was doing what was wrong.
Irrestible Impulse Standard - similar to the New Hampshire Rule wherein "mental disease" may impair self control even when cognition is relatively unimpaired
Diminished Capacity Standard - a person is not responsible for criminal conduct if at the time of such conduct as a result of mental disease or defect he lacks substantial capacity either to appreciate the criminality of his conduct or to conform his conduct to the requirements of law and is based on some type of aggressive abuse toward the defendant for a period of time wherein the defendant snaps due to the abuse suffered
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