Ruffin v. State

270 S.W.3d 586 (2008)

From our private database of 46,000+ case briefs, written and edited by humans—never with AI.

Ruffin v. State

Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas
270 S.W.3d 586 (2008)

Facts

Ruffin (defendant) was shooting his gun on his property, prompting his neighbor to call the police. One of the officers who arrived on the scene was a woman who knew Ruffin personally for many years. She knew of Ruffin’s deteriorating mental condition. Ruffin shot at the officers who arrived on the scene to investigate the prior gunshots, yelling obscenities and other strange phrases at them in the process. SWAT team members and a negotiator finally got Ruffin out of the house and into police custody. Ruffin was charged with first-degree aggravated assault. At trial, many witnesses testified to Ruffin’s outlandish recent behavior and deteriorating mental health. Ruffin testified on his own behalf and told a similarly outlandish story to explain his actions, claiming he was shooting at Muslims, not police officers. The trial judge excluded expert testimony from a psychiatrist who attested to Ruffin’s deep depression and delusions. Ruffin was convicted of first-degree aggravated assault and appealed. On appeal, the court of appeals determined that evidence of a mental illness only negates the requisite state of mind in murder trials. The court of appeals upheld Ruffin’s conviction, and he appealed once again.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Cochran, J.)

What to do next…

  1. Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.

    You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 742,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Berkeley, and Northwestern—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students.

    Unlock this case briefRead our student testimonials
  2. Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.

    Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students.

    Learn about our approachRead more about Quimbee

Here's why 742,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:

  • Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 46,000 briefs, keyed to 986 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
  • The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
  • Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
  • Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.

Access this case brief for FREE

With a 7-day free trial membership
Here's why 742,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
  • Reliable - written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students
  • The right length and amount of information - includes the facts, issue, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents
  • Access in your class - works on your mobile and tablet
  • 46,000 briefs - keyed to 986 casebooks
  • Uniform format for every case brief
  • Written in plain English - not in legalese and not just repeating the court's language
  • Massive library of related video lessons - and practice questions
  • Top-notch customer support

Access this case brief for FREE

With a 7-day free trial membership