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Pate v. Robinson

United States Supreme Court
383 U.S. 375 (1966)


Facts

Robinson (defendant) was convicted of murder after a trial at which his counsel asserted that he was incompetent to stand trial and insane at the time of the murder. The trial court did not conduct a competency hearing. After unsuccessful appeals through the state courts and denial of certiorari by the United States Supreme Court, Robinson petitioned for habeas corpus. The federal district court denied Robinson’s petition. The court of appeals reversed and remanded for a determination of whether Robinson’s due process rights had been violated by the trial court’s failure to conduct a competency hearing. The State of Illinois (plaintiff) petitioned the United States Supreme Court for review.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Clark, J.)

Dissent (Harlan, J.)

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