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ABA to Supreme Court: Mental Incompetency May Require Stay of Capital Post-Conviction Proceedings

ABA to Supreme Court: Mental Incompetency May Require Stay of Capital Post-Conviction Proceedings

By Matthew (Matt) Stegen

CHICAGO, Oct. 3, 2012 – In cases scheduled for oral arguments Oct. 9, the American Bar Association is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to hold that the federal statutory right to a lawyer in capital habeas proceedings may require a judge to postpone the proceedings if the prisoner is not mentally competent to communicate meaningfully with his or her lawyer.

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