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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Ohlin
Zedner v. United States
Citation:547 U.S. 489 (2006)
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In March 1966, petitioner attempted to open accounts at seven financial institutions using counterfeit $10 million United States bonds. The quality of the counterfeiting was not expert. Petitioner was indicted. Four years have followed saw a variety of proceedings in petitioner’s case, but no trial. Counsel sought to be relieved because petitioner insisted that he argue that the bonds were genuine, and the court ultimately granted counsel’s request to withdraw. At the court’s suggestion, petitioner was examined by a psychiatrist, who determined that petitioner was competent to stand trial. After one year, the district court set the case for trial, only to conclude that it had to inquire once again into petitioner’s competency. The court dismissed the jury panel and found petitioner incompetent. On March 7, 2001, while the competency issue remained under submission, petitioner moved to dismiss the indictment for failure to comply with the Act.
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