Asperger's disorder and the criminal law

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Abstract

Asperger's Disorder has the potential to be relevant to many aspects of the functioning of the criminal justice system. However, its mere presence does not excuse or justify all offending. The inquiry into its potential relevance to criminal offending and sentencing must be both contextual and informed by suitably qualified expert evidence. This column reviews court decisions in respect of offences of physical violence, sexual violence, arson, stalking/harassing and computer offences across a range of jurisdictions to evaluate how courts have latterly incorporated Asperger's Disorder into decisions about criminal responsibility and culpability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)677-694
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Law and Medicine
Volume18
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011

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