Events and Announcements

“Insanity as a Defense for Murder”

Dr. Tony Adiele

Monday, October 31
12:00 p.m.

Philip H. Corboy Law Center
25 E. Pearson Street, Chicago
Room 1403

British forensic psychiatrist and lawyer Dr. Tony Adiele will trace the origins of the insanity defense and its apparent transmogrification through the years in murder and mass murder cases. He will examine the typology, essence, and unmitigated usefulness of the insanity defense.  Dr. Adiele will discuss the practical application of the insanity defense in English courts of law, the battles that are waged by both the legal and medical professionals during a typical case, and the likely outcomes for the defendant. Finally, he will scrutinize the occasional flagrant abuse of the insanity defense by malingering defendants.


Dr. Tony Adiele is a forensic psychiatrist who completed his core psychiatry training in Oxford, England. He is the director of Advanced Forensic Psychiatry & Medical Law Service LLC, Cambridge. He is a member of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, one of the four Inns of the Courts in England and Wales. He is also a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.  

Dr. Adiele has trained and worked in all categories of secure hospitals and prisons in the United Kingdom, including Broadmoor High Secure Hospital where he served in the professorial dangerous and severe personality disorder unit. He has published in peer reviewed scientific journals, and regularly presents at international forums on law and psychiatry. His academic and research interests include mental disorders, sexual and juvenile offending, violent and suicide risk assessment, mass killings, adolescent psychiatry, and the impact of expert witnesses in cases addressing the impact of mental instability on offenders accused of significant and serious violent crimes.

Pizza and soft drinks will be served.