When mentally ill defendants are found competent to stand trial, does that also mean they are competent enough to represent themselves in court? The Supreme Court struggled with that question Wednesday during an oral argument that weighed the Sixth Amendment right to self-representation against a state's interest in not having trials "descend into farce." Along the way, some lawyer jokes were also cracked.
Supreme Court Hears Case Involving Mentally Ill Defendants Representing Themselves
March 27, 2008