Roger M. Adelman
government lawyer whose unsuccessful prosecution of John W. Hinckley,
Jr. in the 1981 shooting of President Ronald Reagan and his press
secretary James S. Brady led to significant changes in the law
governing the insanity defense in criminal trials after the jury found
Hinckley not guilty by reason of insanity in a decision that shocked
the public and lawmakers across the country, but the Congress passed
the Comprehensive Crime Control Act, which set a higher bar for the
insanity defense in federal courts (under the new law, lack of control
was no longer a defense) in direct response to the verdict in 1984.
Cause of Death: Congestive heart failure
Born: June 25, 1941
Died: September 21, 2015
Location: Washington, D.C.