Autism legally recognized for first time as possible NCR defence

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For the first time in Canada, a judge has accepted that autism qualifies as a “mental disorder” for an accused trying to argue they were not criminally responsible. But Ontario Justice Anne Molloy found that while Alek Minassian’s Autism Spectrum Disorder satisfies the first step of the NCR test, his developmental disorder didn’t render him incapable of rationally making moral judgments.

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