CASE LAW: SELECTED CRIMINAL

Selected Mental Health Cases: CRIMINAL (Still under construction.)

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This material is arrange by topic and by date of decision.

COMPETENCE TO STAND TRIAL

Massachusetts Cases

Comm. v. Vailes, 360 Mass. 522 (1971)

Comm. v. Hill, 375 Mass. 50 (1978)  – But see, Comm. v. Companonio, 445 Mass. 39 (2005)

Comm. v. Crowley, 393 Mass. 393 (1984) – But see Comm. v. Chatman, 466 Mass. 327 (2013)

Comm. v. Simpson, 428 Mass. 646 (1999)

Comm. v. Companonio, 445 Mass. 39 (2005)

Comm. v. Chatman, 466 Mass. 327 (2013)

United States Supreme Court Cases

Jackson v. Indiana  406 U.S. 715 (1972)

Sell v. U.S., 539 U.S. 166 (2003)

Indiana v. Edwards, 554 U.S. 164 (2008)

CRIMINAL RESPONSIBILITY

Massachusetts Cases

Comm. v. McHoul, 352 Mass. 544 (1967)

Comm. v. Mutina, 366 Mass. 810 (1975) – But see, Comm. v. Kostka, 370 Mass. 516 (1976)

Blaisdell v. Comm., 372 Mass. 753 (1977)

Comm. v. Mattson, 377 Mass. 638 (1979)

Comm. v. Louraine, 390 Mass. 28 (1983)

Comm. v. Monico, 396 Mass. 793 (1986)

Comm. v. Federici, 427 Mass. 740 (1998) – Waiver of criminal responsibility defense.

But see, Comm. v. Cook, 438 Mass. 766 (2003)

Comm. v. Boateng, 438 Mass. 498 (2003) – But see, Comm. v. Johnston, 446 Mass. 555 (2006)

PROCEDURE, EVIDENCE, & EXPERTS

Massachusetts Cases

Comm. v. Lamb, 356 Mass. 265 (1974) – But see, Walden Behavioral Care v. K.I., 471 Mass. 150 (2015)

Blaisdell v. Comm., 372 Mass. 753 (1977)  – See above (Criminal Responsibility #2)

Comm. v. Lockley, 381 Mass. 156 (1980)

But see Comm. v. Bolduc, 383 Mass. 744 (1981)

Comm. v. Louraine, 390 Mass. 28 (1983) – See above (Criminal Responsibility #3)

DYS v. A Juvenile, 398 Mass. 516 (1986) – See also, Comm. v. Tucker, 23 Mass. App. Ct. 391 (1987)

Comm. v. Dotson, 402 Mass. 185 (1988)

Comm. v. Delverde, 401 Mass. 447 (1988)

Comm. v. Lanigan, 419 Mass. 15 (1994)

Comm. v. Trapp, 423 Mass. 356 (1996) (abrogated in part by Comm. v. SliechBrodeur) –

Comm. v. Baldwin, 426 Mass. 105 (1997)  – See also,  SliechBrodeur, 457 Mass. 300 (2010)

Comm. v. Lo, 428 Mass. 45 (1998)

Comm. v. SliechBrodeur, 457 Mass. 300 (2010)