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Popko quoted in article about insanity defense

April 06, 2011

Zig Popko, Director of the Post-Conviction Clinic at the College of Law, was quoted in an April 3 Salt Lake Tribune article entitled, “Insanity defense possible in killing of Kane County deputy,” by reporter Nate Carlisle.

The article focused on the possible decision of an Arizona man, accused of killing a Kane County Sheriff’s Deputy, to claim that he was insane at the time of the shooting. Popko explained that an insanity defense would require the Arizona man’s lawyers to prove that, at the time of the crime, he didn’t understand right from wrong.

“It’s strictly, ‘He didn’t know it was wrong to point the gun and shoot the victim,’” Popko said.

To read the entire article, click here.

Popko teaches legal research and is a member of the board of governors of Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice. He also serves as the editor of AACJ's quarterly publication, The Defender. Popko has been a member of the Legal Writing Institute since 2001 and presently serves on its ABA Standards Education Committee.

Staci McCabe,
(480) 965-8702
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law