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

First Known Use of Durham Rule

1955, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Durham Rule

Monte Durham, 20th century American litigant

from Durham v. United States, 214 F.2d 862 (1954), a case heard by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals that established the rule

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Durham rule

noun
Dur·ham rule | \ ˈdu̇r-əm-, ˈdər- \

Legal Definition of Durham rule 

: a rule of criminal law used in some states that holds that in order to find a defendant not guilty by reason of insanity the defendant's criminal act must be the product of a mental disease or defect — compare irresistible impulse test, m'naghten test, substantial capacity test

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