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United States v. Ramirez
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
871 F.2d 582 (1989)
Hector Ramirez (defendant) was charged with possession and distribution of cocaine. At trial, the government (plaintiff) sought to use a coconspirator, Karla Espinal, as its key witness who would implicate Ramirez in the drug-distribution ring. Espinal had previously admitted to heavy cocaine use during the time of the offense and was also consistently taking prescribed Xanax at the time of trial. Based on these facts, Ramirez filed a motion to compel Espinal to submit to a psychiatric examination. Ramirez argued that Espinal’s past use of cocaine and present use of Xanax may render her an incompetent witness. The trial court denied Ramirez’s motion. Ramirez was subsequently convicted of the charges and appealed, claiming that Espinal should have been compelled to undergo a psychiatric examination to determine competency.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Guy, J.)
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