635. Insanity—Mental Competency to Stand Trial Distinguished

Mental competency of an accused to stand trial is discussed at JM 9-9.000. The pertinent statutory provisions under the Insanity Defense Reform Act of 1984 are 18 U.S.C. §§ 4241, 4246, and 4247. The Supreme Court decisions on competency to stand trial, Pate v. Robinson, 383 U.S. 375 (1966), and Drope v. Missouri, 420 U.S. 162 (1975), have little to do with the insanity defense, since the standards are quite different. See Dusky v. United States, 362 U.S. 402 (1960).

[cited in JM 9-18.000]

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