Knowing the Consequences of Competency vs. Insanity in Court
Last week, a Colorado court found that a criminal defendant accused of a murder spree in a Planned Parenthood clinic was incompetent to stand trial. What are the legal issues? More importantly, what is the consequence in a criminal case when a defendant is found to be incompetent?
Competency to stand trial is the foundation of the criminal justice system. It is fundamental that a criminal defendant’s mental state must meet a certain standard in order for the trial to be fair and just.
The Supreme Court of the United States defined the standard for competency in 1960. In Texas, the statutory laws are encoded in the Code of Criminal Procedure. For a criminal defendant to be competent to stand trial, he must exhibit the following:
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