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1819. Defenses -- Lack Of Mental Capacity

A defendant bears a heavy burden of proof to establish lack of mental capacity as a defense for escape. See United States v. Cluck, 542 F.2d 728 (8th Cir.), cert. denied, 429 U.S. 986 (1976); United States v. Joiner, 496 F.2d 1314 (5th Cir.), cert. denied, 419 U.S. 1002 (1974); Frazier v. United States, 339 F.2d 745 (D.C. Cir. 1964); and Mills v. United States, 193 F.2d 174 (5th Cir. 1951), cert. denied, 343 U.S. 969 (1952).

[cited in Criminal Resource Manual 1826; JM 9-69.500]

Updated September 19, 2018