Season 21, Episode 5 A Crime of Insanity

First Aired: October 17, 2002

The case of a disturbed gunman who held a class hostage at SUNY-Albany in 1994 is examined. The report explores “questions that arise when the legal and psychiatric worlds collide,” says Will Lyman. The defendant: Ralph Tortorici, a 26-year-old psychology student, who pleaded insanity. The hour includes testimony from Tortorici's trial, and features interviews with his lawyer, prosecutors, the judge, psychiatrists and Tortorici's father and brother. Sums up lead prosecutor Cheryl Coleman: “What's right as opposed to what's legal plays so little a role in the system.”