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In re Arthur Lee Hinnant, petitioner 1997

Summary: In this case the SJC addresses whether an individual who is incompetent to stand trial due to a severe closed head injury can be subject to a rendition hearing. The Court finds that an individual must understand the proceedings and be able to consult with counsel for the rendition hearing to proceed. If the individual is not competent, then the extradition is stayed until such time as his competency is restored.

(Key words: Competence to stand trial, rendition, head injury)

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