In your jurisdiction the standard for competency to stand trial is that the defendant must have sufficient present ability to understand the charges against him and possible penalties if found guilty, and sufficient present ability to consult with his attorney in order to assist in his own defense.
using this website http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/hinckley/ACCOUNT.HTM
and using this reference Reisner, R., Slobogin, C., & Rai, A. (2004). Law and the mental health system: Civil and criminal aspects (American Casebook Series) 5th Edition. Foundation Press. ISBN-13: 9780314183644
What is your opinion (not on competency – the ultimate issue – but on his abilities as described above)? Support your opinion based on information from the scenario as well as on case law precedents and other competency information from the text. I expect a lively discussion about the various ways one can look at this issue.
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