People ask me why I defend criminals. I answer that I presume they are innocent of the charges and need my help proving their innocence. This protestation is often met with an indulgent smile.
A “person shall not be excused from criminal liability except upon proof that at the time of committing the alleged criminal act the person was laboring under such a defect of reason . . . as not to know the nature of the act, or that it was wrong.”