United States v. Roach
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
590 F.2d 181 (5th Cir. 1979)
Beacher Roach (defendant) was charged with robbing a bank. Brenda Jackson drove the getaway car during the robbery. The prosecution sought to call Jackson as a witness at Roach’s trial. However, Jackson had been emotionally troubled and used drugs in the months leading up to the trial. Approximately three months before trial, Jackson had received a psychiatric evaluation and been deemed competent to stand trial for her role in the robbery. Roach requested an additional competency hearing to determine whether Jackson was competent to testify as a witness. The district court conducted a preliminary hearing on Jackson’s competency. Although the judge did not ask any questions, Jackson was lucid and responsive to questions from both parties’ attorneys. The district court found Jackson competent to be a witness. Jackson testified at Roach’s trial, and the jury convicted Roach. Roach appealed, arguing that the determination of Jackson’s competency was inadequate. Roach claimed that a full psychiatric evaluation was necessary.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Gee, J.)
What to do next…
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 97,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read our student testimonials.
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. Read more about Quimbee.
Here's why 174,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 14,000 briefs, keyed to 188 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.