Colorado Rights Blog

HB13-1127: Defendant Burden Not Guilty Reason Of Insanity

Criminal Legal Reform
Bill Number: HB13-1127
Year: 2013
ACLU Position: Oppose
Sponsors: McNulty/Lundbert


Under current law, when a defendant pleads not guilty by reason of insanity and introduces any evidence of insanity, the prosecution has to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant was sane. The bill places the burden of proof on the defendant to prove insanity by clear and convincing evidence.

Current Status:

02/13/2013 - House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely

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