Inspired by a recent thread, which brought up something I’ve been pondering…
It’s a fairly common staple in comic books—well, DC Comics, specifically—to send various supervillains to a mental hospital (such as the infamous Arkham Asylum) instead of prison, or possibly execution, with the explanation that they’re too insane to stand trial.
But…how many supervillains actually qualify for the insanity defense, at least by United States legal standards? I mean, most of the villains I’ve seen seem to know that their villainous actions are criminal—they just do them because they enjoy it, and/or make a profit off of it, and think they can get away with it.
Hell, even the Joker seems no crazier—maybe even less so—than quite a few serial killers and sex offenders that I’ve seen who got prison time, instead of a padded cell.
So, there’s my question—'anyone with more in-depth comic book or legal knowledge care to add their 2¢?