- CR07-176. Insanity Defense, 13 V.S.A. § 4801 (04/07/08)
The statute, 13 V.S.A. § 4801, places the burden of proof on the defendant. The Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the statute in State v. Messier, 145 Vt. 622 (1985). The statute does not relieve the State’s burden of proving all of the essential elements – including any mental element, beyond a reasonable doubt.