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Competence to stand trial evaluations of sovereign citizens: a case series and primer of odd political and legal beliefs.
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PMID:  25187287     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Sovereign citizens hold a variety of beliefs that challenge the legitimacy of the United States government and criminal justice system. In criminal cases, sovereign citizens typically raise a variety of seemingly strange objections to the proceedings that can cause court participants to believe the defendant is not competent to stand trial. The author's case files were reviewed to identify all defendants who espoused sovereign citizen beliefs during a court-ordered competence-to-stand-trial evaluation. This case series consisted of nine evaluations completed between 2003 and 2012. A review of the outcomes in these cases showed that sovereign citizens typically have the capacity to understand criminal proceedings and assist an attorney.
George F Parker
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law     Volume:  42     ISSN:  1943-3662     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Am. Acad. Psychiatry Law     Publication Date:  2014 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-09-04     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9708963     Medline TA:  J Am Acad Psychiatry Law     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  338-49     Citation Subset:  IM    
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© 2014 American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law.
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