Limitations on the Use of Evidence From Evaluations of Competence to Stand Trial in the Penalty Phase
Center for Health Policy and Research; Department of Psychiatry
Medical Subject Headings
Mental Competency; Forensic Psychiatry; Criminal Law
Criminal Law | Evidence | Psychiatry | Psychiatry and Psychology | Psychology and Psychiatry
The Florida Supreme Court overturned a defendant's death sentence and remanded the case for a new penalty phase in Caraballo v. State, 39 So. 3d 1234 (Fla. 2010). At issue was the penalty phase, during which the state used the testimony of a mental health expert who had evaluated the defendant's competence to stand trial. The defendant appealed, asserting that the trial court erred in admitting this testimony.