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United States v. Taylor
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
483 Fed. Appx. 992 (6th Cir. 2012)
Mark Taylor (defendant) was indicted on five counts of carjacking. At trial, the evidence showed that Taylor carjacked and raped his victims. After he raped one of his victims, Taylor destroyed any evidence that could implicate him and warned the victim not to call the police. After he raped another victim, Taylor wiped down everything he had touched in order to avoid getting caught. Taylor also choked the victim to prevent others from hearing her screams. After his arrest, Taylor attempted to trick the police into believing that someone else carjacked and raped one of his victims. Dr. Joseph Angelillo, a clinical psychologist, testified that Taylor had post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and that this could affect Taylor’s ability to appreciate the wrongful nature of his crimes. Dr. Rodolpho Buigas, a forensic psychologist, disputed that Taylor had PTSD and testified that such a diagnosis would not affect Taylor’s ability to appreciate the wrongful nature of his crimes. Taylor was convicted on all five counts of carjacking. Taylor appealed, arguing that the district judge erred by rejecting his insanity defense.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Caldwell, J.)
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