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Criminal Competencies 

Criminal Competencies
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Criminal Competencies
Author(s):

Matthew W. Grover

, Heather Ellis Cucolo

, and Merrill Rotter

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190914424.003.0023
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date: 26 February 2021

Chapter 22 includes cases that are important for one of the staples of forensic psychiatric practice, competence to stand trial evaluations. Knowledge of the legal standards required for one to defend oneself, either with or without an attorney, is necessary for a practitioner to be able to capably assess whether a mental illness prevents a defendant from participating in the adjudication process. The cases in this chapter are Dusky v. U.S., Wilson v. U.S., Jackson v. Indiana, Drope v. Missouri, Godinez v. Moran, Cooper v. Oklahoma and Indiana v. Edwards. The newest case (Trueblood v. Washington State Department of Social and Helth Services) looks at the practical issue of the wait time for competency restoration treatment as a potential constitutional violation.

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