Dusky v. United States

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SUMMARY: One whose conviction of crime in a Federal District Court was affirmed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit sought a writ of certiorari in the United States Supreme Court. In a per curiam opinion, reflecting the views of a unanimous court, the writ was granted and the Court of Appeals’ judgment was reversed, on the ground of the insufficiency of the record to support the District Court’s finding that the accused was mentally competent to stand trial.

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