“Competency to stand trial,” hundreds of years old in Anglo-Saxon criminal justice, is considered fundamental as a concept, but is unwieldy in practice. Everyone agrees that if a person truly does not understand the charges faced and literally cannot help his counsel in defense, there is a basic unfairness inherent in the process.Read More
Author: Richard E. Vatz Ph.D.
Jarrod Ramos is on trial to determine if his killing of five innocent journalists at The Capital Gazette was due to his being “not criminally responsible” in the terms of Maryland’s insanity statute. To reasonable sentient people, the slayinga and the non-fatal attacks on others present were a wholly premeditated act.Read More
I was reminded some days ago by the inestimable June Smith that on December 19 it will have been 9...Read More
Opinion: Discrimination against conservatives ignored in higher education generally and at Towson University specifically
Supreme Court Justice Alito in his warning that in academia there is a level of intolerance that leads to “harassment and intolerance [of law school students] if they say anything that departs from the law school orthodoxy” is equally true of conservative faculty and students at public colleges and universities throughout the United States, as well as my own Towson University.Read More
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