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Court: Supreme Court, Manhattan County, New York
Plaintiff's Attorney: New York County New York District Attorney's Office
Description: New York City, New York criminal defense lawyer represented defendant charged with one count of murder and 23 counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
Richard Rojas, age 23, drove his car down a crowded sidewalk in Trimes Square five years ago killing a woman and injuries 22 others in 2017.
The M'Naghten rule is any variant of the 1840s jury instruction in a criminal case when there is a defence of insanity:
"that every man is to be presumed to be sane, and ... that to establish a defense on the ground of insanity, it must be clearly proved that, at the time of the committing of the act, the party accused was laboring 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, that he did not know he was doing what was wrong."
Outcome: Not guilty by reason of insanity.