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Criminal Law Keyed to Dressler
Clark v. Arizona Convicted murderer (P) v. State (D)
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During a traffic stop, Clark (D) shot and killed a police officer, and was prosecuted for first-degree murder. Clark admitted the shooting but brought his paranoid schizophrenia at the time of the incident as a defense, to prove that he did not have the specific intent to shoot an officer of the law or the knowledge that he was committing this specific crime. The trial court ruled that Clark could not use evidence showing that he was insane to rebut the presence of the mensrea. Thus psychiatric evidence could not be admitted to prove the absence of specific intent or of mensrea. Clark was convicted and the intermediate appellate court. The U.S. Supreme Court granted review.
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