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Maas v. Territory
Oklahoma Supreme Court
63 P. 960 (1900)
Conrad Maas (defendant) was charged with shooting and killing his wife. At trial, Maas sought to establish that he should not be held responsible for his actions because he suffered from insanity. The District Court of Blaine County instructed the jurors that even if they believed that Maas was insane at the time he killed his wife, Maas could not be excused from liability if the jurors believed beyond a reasonable doubt that Maas intentionally fired the shots that killed his wife and that he knew at the time that such action was wrong and punishable by law. Maas was convicted of murder. Maas appealed, challenging the trial court’s instructions on insanity.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Burwell, J.)
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