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United States v. Kristiansen
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The defendant was transferred to a halfway house in April 1988. In June, the defendant called the halfway house and told them he was sick and could not return that night. He called the next two days because he was still sick. He was told to return to the house and he would receive help obtaining treatment, but he did not return. He was arrested days later outside his wife’s home, and charged with escape. At trial, the defendant contended he was not guilty because he lacked the willful intent to escape. The defense expert diagnosed the defendant as a cocaine addict who was suffering from psychosis. The prosecution offered contradictory evidence, and the defendant was found guilty. The district court did not allow the defendant to ask the expert whether the defendant was able to appreciate the nature and quality of his actions, and whether the alleged mental disease or defect of the defendant would affect one’s ability to appreciate their actions.
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