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Am Psych Assoc

Am Psych Assoc

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No.
 
07-208
W
ILSON
-E
PES
P
RINTING
C
O
.,
 
I
NC
.
 
 – 
 
(202)
 
789-0096
 
 – 
 
W
ASHINGTON
,
 
D.
 
C.
 
20002
 
I
N
T
HE
 
Supreme Court of the United States
————S
TATE OF
I
NDIANA
,
 Petitioner
, v. A
HMAD
E
DWARDS
,
 Respondent
.————
On Writ of Certiorari to theSupreme Court of Indiana
————
BRIEF FOR THE AMERICAN PSYCHIATRIC ASSOCIATION AND AMERICAN ACADEMY OFPSYCHIATRY AND THE LAW AS
 AMICI CURIAE
IN SUPPORT OF NEITHER PARTY
————
R
ICHARD
G.
 
T
 ARANTO
 (Counsel of Record)F
 ARR
&
 
T
 ARANTO
 1220 19th Street, NWSuite 800Washington, DC 20036(202) 775-0184
 
 
(i)
QUESTION PRESENTED
Whether a State may adopt a higher standard formeasuring competency to represent oneself at trialthan for measuring competency to stand trial.
 
 
(iii)TABLE OF CONTENTSPageQUESTION PRESENTED.................................. iTABLE OF AUTHORITIES................................ vINTEREST OF
 AMICI CURIAE
........................ 1STATEMENT...................................................... 1SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT............................. 3 ARGUMENT........................................................ 6I. THE
 FARETTA
RIGHT IS SUBJECTTO AN OVERRIDING PUBLIC INTER-EST IN PREVENTING MENTAL IN-CAPACITIES FROM UNDERMININGRELIABLE ADJUDICATION OF CON-TESTED CRIMINAL CHARGES............. 6 A. The
 Faretta
Right Is Not Absolute..... 6B. There Is A Strong Public Interest InPreventing Mental Incapacities FromUndermining Reliable Testing Of The Prosecution’s Charges In A Con-tested Criminal Case........................... 8C.
Godinez
Did Not Decide The PresentIssue..................................................... 15II. SELF-REPRESENTATION INVOLVESSIGNIFICANT EXTENSIONS OF THECAPABILITIES REQUIRED FORCOMPETENCY TO STAND TRIAL........ 17 A. Mental Competency Is Not A UnitaryConcept................................................ 18B. Self-Representation Requires MoreExtensive Capabilities Than ThoseNeeded To Stand Trial........................ 20

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