Recent Court Cases: Mental Illness

THE PEOPLE, Plaintiff and Respondent, v. JOHN MICHAEL HANSAN, Defendant and Appellant.
2015 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 9283
December 22, 2015, Opinion Filed

This case is about the defendant, John Michael Hansan, who appealed a decision by the court to extend his hospital commitment under procedure for people found not guilty for reasons of insanity.  John Hansan was charged with battery and was subsequently committed to a mental health facility after being found not guilty for reasons of insanity, after which the time committed was extended multiple times. The appellant suffered from schizophrenia as well as paranoia, which led to fits of anger and anxiety to occur.  The doctor that had been seeing and evaluating Hansan testified at the hearing, stating that the mental state of the appellant was not much different from the time of the battery.

The doctor continued on to state that the appellant still posed a threat to his community due to the association of his mental disease with his aggressive behavior and his tendency to act up.  While committed there were several incidents where the appellant showed aggressive behavior, from pushing staff members to verbal threats. As such, the jury returned a verdict that extended his hospital stay by 2 additional years due to his inability to control his behavior.

Forensic Summary by Viktor Naumovski


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