Sane, but odd

September 13, 2011

  • 110 Criminal Law
  • 110XX Trial
  • 110XX(A) Preliminary Proceedings
  • 110k623 Separate Trial or Hearing on Issue of Insanity, Incapacity, or Incompetency
  • 110k625.10 Preliminary Proceedings
  • 110k625.10(2) Evidence, Information, or Conduct Invoking Inquiry
  • 110k625.10(3) k. Doubt as to Competency; Reasonable Cause or Grounds.

110 Criminal LawNo reasonable cause existed for trial court to hold hearing on robbery defendant’s competency to stand trial, before finding him sane, even though at time of robbery he had dressed up so as to emulate an androgynous pop star and afterwards took stretch limousine to hotel in another state, where he rented presidential suite; at time of hearing trial court had observed defendant vigorously and rationally participating in his defense and psychiatrist testified that defendant was oriented to time, place and person.
United States v. Pryor, 960 F.2d 1 (1st Cir. 1992)
Suggested by Kristian Terison, Law Student; University of Maine School of Law; Portland, ME