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CASE ENTRY

United States v. Read

Out of nowhere, Phoenix, Ariz. prison inmate stabs cellmate 13 times. Inmate: Instead of an insanity defense, I want to present the defense of “demonic possession.” Appointed counsel: That’s not a thing, and I’m absolutely going to present an insanity defense. Ninth Circuit: Appointed counsel violated the inmate’s Sixth Amendment rights. The inmate repeatedly objected to the insanity defense, and the buck stops with him.


Tags: 2019, Assault, Ninth Circuit, Sixth Amendment

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