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Criminal Trials and Mental Disorders

Thomas Hafemeister


The American criminal justice system is based on the bedrock principles of fairness and justice for all. In striving to ensure that all criminal defendants are treated equally under the law, it endeavors to handle like-cases in like-fashion, adhering to the proposition that the same rules and procedures should be employed regardless of a defendant’s wealth or poverty, social status, race, ethnicity, or gender. Yet, exceptions have been recognized when special circumstances are perceived to have driven a defendant’s behavior or are likely to skew the defendant’s trial. Examples include the righ ... More

Keywords: criminal proceedings and criminal law, criminal defendants with a mental disorder, criminal prosecution and defense, forensic mental health evaluations, competency to stand trial, other criminal trial-related competency issues, the insanity defense and variations, alternatives

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781479804856
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479804856.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas Hafemeister, author