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Pate v. Robinson

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Citation. 383 U.S. 375,86 S. Ct. 836, 15 L. Ed. 2d 815,1966 U.S.

Brief Fact Summary. Appellant was convicted of murder. Appellant argued that he was incompetent to stand trial and that he was denied due process when the trial court failed to conduct a pre-trial hearing on his competency.

Synopsis of Rule of Law. A hearing regarding competency is necessary under the due process clause of the Constitution of the United States.

Facts. Appellant was convicted of murdering his common law wife and sentence to life in prison. Appellant conceded that he shot and killed the victim but argued that he was insane at the time of the killing as well as incompetent to stand trial. Appellant presented evidence of past mental issues from several witnesses. Appellant petitioned for habeas corpus arguing that he was denied due process for the failure of the trial court to allow a hearing on the Appellant’s competency to stand trial.

Issue. Whether Appellant was entitled to a hearing on his competency to stand trial and the lack of such a hearing was a violation of the due process clause of the Constitution.
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