Center for Health Policy and Research (CHPR) Publications

Title

Limitations on the Use of Evidence From Evaluations of Competence to Stand Trial in the Penalty Phase

UMMS Affiliation

Center for Health Policy and Research; Department of Psychiatry

Date

9-1-2012

Document Type

Article

Medical Subject Headings

Mental Competency; Forensic Psychiatry; Criminal Law

Disciplines

Criminal Law | Evidence | Law and Psychology | Psychiatry | Psychiatry and Psychology

Abstract

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.

Comments

Citation: Anumba, N.M., & Appelbaum, K.L. (2012). Limitations on use of competence to stand trial evidence in penalty phase. Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and Law, 40(3), 426-429. Link to article on publisher's website