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United States v. Kimble

United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana
2012 WL 2049885 (2012)


Facts

The federal government (plaintiff) charged Bobby Lee Kimble and others (defendants) with conspiracy and fraud. The federal district court ordered an 18 U.S.C. § 4241 competency hearing to determine if Kimble had sufficient mental capacity to understand the nature and consequences of the charges or proceedings against him, and to assist properly in his defense. The magistrate judge who conducted the hearing heard evidence that Kimble was of low intelligence, suffered from a mild-to-moderate developmental disability, and was moderately impaired in his ability to function in school or society. A psychiatrist and a psychologist agreed that Kimble did not understand his constitutional rights or the role of courtroom participants. The psychiatrist testified that proper education could remediate some of Kimble's impairment, but that his concentration and cognitive impairments were not remediable. The psychologist, on the other hand, thought that Kimble had the knowledge and ability to stand trial if he received proper medication, if the court kept hearings short, if hearings were conducted in the simplest possible language, and if the court required Kimble to repeat in his own words any statement that might affect his rights.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Hornsby, M.J.)

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