Monday, July 7, 2008

The Supreme Court Limits the Mentally Ill’s Right of Self-Representation

The New York Times recently published an article entitled "Self-Representation by the Mentally Ill is Curbed," which can be accessed here, that discusses the 7-2 decision of Indiana v. Edwards. This ruling denies mentally ill defendants, who are nonetheless determined to be competent to stand trial, the right to dispense with a lawyer and represent themselves. The majority stated that judges could “take realistic account of the particular defendant’s mental capacity” and, deny the constitutional right of self-representation in the interest of achieving a fair trial.  --Counseller/md

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