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April 13, 2018

2018 U.S. and Illinois criminal law regarding insanity, temporary insanity, fitness, and mental illness


The legal profession from attorneys to judges and police officers are NOT taught sufficiently about the difference between the lay, professional, and legal understanding and interpretation of terms such as insanity, temporary insanity, fitness, and mental illness.

This is a specialized area of law that invades all criminal courts and the misuse of these concepts harm the mentally ill, the disabled, the victims of crimes, the innocent accused, as well as society as a whole.

It is imperative that American courts come to grips with this unfortunate situation as 11% of the population is known to suffer from mental illness and American prisons and jails have become the largest and most inadequate providers of mental health services in America today.

This link will allow you to download a 20 page, two article document that 1st defines these terms in the medical and legal realms, and then, 2nd summarizes in an up to date memorandum of law the laws pertaining to the legal precedent and legal procedural management of issues related to insanity, temporary insanity, fitness, and mental illness in Illinois and U.S. courts. click here for link

I welcome your feedback as well as would welcome pro bono assistance in this matter before the Cook County Courts. Contact me at picepil@aol.com

Please feel free to distribute this document to all attorneys and judges, as well as pro se (self-represented) litigants. I would appreciate a note about where you have distributed it and how well it is received.

Linda Lorincz Shelton, PhD, MD

(Retired disabled physician – neonatology, pediatrics, psychiatry, and pathology/Paralegal, Self-Taught Constitutional Legal Specialist/civil rights activist)

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