The much-maligned insanity defense was the focus of debate before the Supreme Court on Wednesday in a case that could further limit its use.

Justices seemed troubled by the case Clark v. Arizona, in which Eric Clark’s plea of insanity was rejected, resulting in Clark being convicted of first-degree murder for killing a Flagstaff, Ariz., police officer, even though, his lawyer said, Clark thought he was shooting at an alien being.

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