362 U.S. 402 (1960), 504, Dusky v. United States

Docket Nº:No. 504, Misc.
Citation:362 U.S. 402, 80 S.Ct. 788, 4 L.Ed.2d 824
Party Name:Dusky v. United States
Case Date:April 18, 1960
Court:United States Supreme Court
 
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362 U.S. 402 (1960)

80 S.Ct. 788, 4 L.Ed.2d 824

Dusky

v.

United States

No. 504, Misc.

United States Supreme Court

April 18, 1960

ON PETITION FOR WRIT OF CERTIORARI TO THE UNITED STATES

COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE EIGHTH CIRCUIT

Syllabus

Certiorari granted.

Since the record in this case does not sufficiently support the findings of petitioner's competency to stand trial, the judgment affirming his conviction is reversed and the case is remanded to the District Court for a hearing to determine his present competency to stand trial, and for a new trial if he is found competent. Pp. 402-403.

271 F.2d 385 reversed.

Per curiam opinion.

PER CURIAM.

The motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis and the petition for a writ of certiorari are granted. Upon consideration of the entire record, we agree with the Solicitor General that "the record in this case does not sufficiently support the findings of competency to stand trial," for, to support those findings under 18 U.S.C. § 4244, the district judge "would need more information than this record presents." We also agree with the suggestion of the Solicitor General that it is not enough [80 S.Ct. 789] for the district judge to find that "the defendant [is] oriented to time and place and [has] some recollection of events," but that the

test must be whether he has sufficient present ability to consult with his lawyer with a reasonable degree of rational understanding -- and whether he has a rational as well as factual understanding of the proceedings against him.

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In view of the doubts and ambiguities...

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