15 15. The Matrix Defense
Following its release, The Matrix introduced a new wave of pop culture and is responsible for generating innovative ideas among artists and its fanbase. The concept, which the film revolves around has generated a new philosophical way of understanding the world around us. Sadly, this way of interpreting reality has also
resulted in some unintended consequences.
A result of these consequences is the Matrix Defense, which is a form of insanity plea. This entails the defendant justifying their actions by saying that they believe they are in the Matrix.
Surprisingly, this form of defense has been successful in swaying a jury's decision. Tonda Lynn Ansley was found not guilty due to insanity after murdering her landlady in 2002.