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U.S. v. Duhon, W.D.La., 2000

Keywords: Competence to stand trial and  mental retardation

Summary:  The Federal Court deals with a case of an individual with mental retardation and whether he can be restored to competence. The Court finds that “rote” learning is not sufficient to establish competence; rather,  an individual needs to have a cognitive/rational understanding and be able to apply the factual understanding, not just recite it.