Durham Rule


Durham Rule

noun

Definition of DURHAM RULE

:  a legal hypothesis under which a person is not judged responsible for a criminal act that is attributed to a mental disease or defect

Origin of DURHAM RULE

Monte Durham, 20th century American litigant
First Known Use: 1955

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