On April 11, 2012, The Historical Society for the District of Columbia Circuit and the Litigation Section of the District of Columbia Bar are hosting an event that may serve to trigger the memories of many DC Circuit lawyers. The event, “Madness or Badness: Duran and the Evolution of the Insanity Defense in the D.C. Circuit”, will discuss a notorious case that took place in the 1990’s, during the Clinton era.
Francisco Duran was convicted of attempting to assassinate President Bill Clinton, after a two-week long trial. During his trial, the insanity defense was invoked. The defense was rejected by the court.