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Indiana v. Edwards

Docket No.: 07-208
Certiorari Granted: 12/7/2007
Argued: March 26, 2008
Decided: June 19, 2008

PartyNames: Indiana v. Ahmad Edwards
Petitioner: Indiana
Respondent: Ahmad Edwards

Court Below: Supreme Court of Indiana

Indiana
v.
Ahmad Edwards
554 U.S. ____ (2008)
Consideration Limited:

GRANTED LIMITED TO THE FOLLOWING QUESTION: "MAY STATES ADOPT A HIGHER STANDARD FOR MEASURING COMPETENCY TO REPRESENT ONESELF AT TRIAL THAN FOR MEASURING COMPETENCY TO STAND TRIAL?"

Question Presented:

May a criminal defendant who, despite being legally competent, is schizophrenic, delusional, and mentally decompensatory in the course of a simple conversation, be denied the right to represent himself at trial when the trial court reasonably concludes that permitting self-representation would deny the defendant a fair trial?

Question:

Does the Court's prior ruling that a criminal defendant need only be "literate, competent, and understanding" to represent himself at trial set an appropriate standard for defining that defendant's mental competence to invoke his Sixth Amendment right to self-representation when he is otherwise unable to conduct a coherent defense?

Note:

THE PETITION FOR A WRIT OF CERTIORARI IS

Holding: judgment vacated and remanded
Vote: 7-2
Opinion By:
Read INDIANA V. EDWARDS opinion (PDF)

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