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Danny Cevallos is a CNN legal analyst, criminal defense attorney and partner at Cevallos & Wong, practicing in Pennsylvania and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Follow him on Twitter: @CevallosLaw. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author. This is an updated version of an article that was published earlier this year.
(CNN)At the beginning of the year, two major trials featuring the insanity defense were set to demonstrate on a grand stage how we as a country perceive the defense. The first of those cases was the "American Sniper" case: the prosecution of Eddie Routh for the murder of two men, including former Navy Seal Chris Kyle. The verdict in the second of those cases came Thursday, in the case of James Holmes -- found guilty of first degree murder over the killing of 12 people at a Colorado movie theater in July 2012.