Is a defendant mentally incompetent to stand trial?

California, United States of America


The following excerpt is from People v. Houser, 210 Cal.Rptr.3d 758 (Cal. App. 2016):

Both the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution and state law prohibit the state from trying or convicting a person who is mentally incompetent. (People v. Sattiewhite (2014) 59 Cal.4th 446, 464, 174 Cal.Rptr.3d 1, 328 P.3d 1 (Sattiewhite ).) A person is incompetent to stand trial "if, as a result of mental disorder or developmental disability, the defendant is

[210 Cal.Rptr.3d 761]

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