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Clark v. Arizona

Docket No.: 05-5966
Certiorari Granted: Dec 5 2005
Argued: April 19, 2006
Decided: June 29, 2006

PartyNames: Eric Michael Clark v. Arizona
Petitioner: Eric Michael Clark
Respondent: Arizona

Court Below: Court of Appeals of Arizona, Division One

Eric Michael Clark
v.
Arizona
548 U.S. 735 (2006)
Question Presented:

(1) Whether Arizona's insanity law, as set forth in A.R.S. ยง 13-502 (1996) and applied in this case, violated Petitioner's right to due process under the United States Constitution, Fourteenth Amendment? (2) Whether Arizona's blanket exclusion of evidence and refusal to consider mental disease or defect to rebut the state's evidence on the element of mens rea violated Petitioner's right to due process under the United States Constitution, Fourteenth Amendment?

Question:

Does a defendant have a Fourteenth Amendment due process right, separate from his insanity plea, to present expert evidence about his mental state to counter the prosecution's evidence of criminal intent?

Holding: adjudged to be affirmed
Vote: 5-4
Opinion By:
Read CLARK V. ARIZONA opinion (PDF)

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