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Criminal Practice — Defendant’s Competence – Sufficient Inquiry – Jump from Mezzanine (access required)

  On the sixth day of defendant’s trial for a horrific assault on his girlfriend, he jumped 16 feet from a mezzanine, breaking his leg. The trial court conducted a sufficient inquiry into defendant’s competence—hearing from several witnesses and viewing recorded footage of defendant dropping from the mezzanine—and considered its own interactions with defendant before concluding ...

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