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When Does Mental Disability Excuse a Criminal Act? Understanding Competency to Stand Trial

The issue of pleading guilty to a crime by reason of insanity is a common “crime movie” theme. As a result, many are familiar with the basic requirements. But, a less understood issue is how a defendant’s mental state can affect his or her ability to stand trial. Due Process Requires Competency As declared in the Fifth and Fourteenth...

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