No. 92-8346.

512 U.S. 573 (1994)


United States Supreme Court.

Decided June 24, 1994.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Thomas R. Trout, by appointment of the Court, 510 U.S. 943, argued the cause and filed briefs for petitioner.

Amy L. Wax argued the cause for the United States. With her on the brief were Solicitor General Days, Assist- ant Attorney General Harris, Deputy Solicitor General Bryson, and Deborah Watson.*

Thomas, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which Rehnquist, C. J., and O'Connor, Scalia, Kennedy, Souter, and Ginsburg, JJ., joined. Stevens, J., filed a dissenting opinion, in which Blackmun, J., joined, p. 588.

Justice Thomas, delivered the opinion of the Court.

In this case, we consider whether a federal district court is required to instruct the jury regarding the consequences to the defendant of a verdict of "not guilty by reason of insanity," either under the Insanity Defense Reform Act of 1984 or as a matter of general federal practice. We conclude that such an instruction is not required, and therefore affirm.



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