Major difference exists between insanity plea and competency, says law’s Michael Benza

Insanity defense: T.J. Lane using rarely successful plea in Chardon shooting

The News-Herald: T.J. Lane has entered a not guilty by reason of insanity (NGRI) plea for the Chardon High School shooting that left three students dead. He has been found competent to stand trial, but competency and NGRI are very different, said Michael Benza, senior instructor of law. “You can have a person who doesn’t look crazy, doesn’t talk crazy, but yet has a valid NGRI defense because at the time of the crime, they were crazy,” he said.