Assessing Mental Competency to Stand Trial Case Study by SuperBrain

Looks at the steps needed to taken by the forensic psychologist from arrest through the trial and arraignment in the fictitious case of Edward Wilson.
# 150637 | 1,270 words | 3 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Mar 28, 2012 in Psychology (Disorders) , Psychology (Case Studies) , Criminology (Forensics)

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This paper explains that, in the case of twenty-five year old Edward Wilson, a paranoid schizophrenia charged with the first degree homicides of his parents, the forensic psychologist must determine if this accused criminal is able to stand trial. To restore competency restoration and to evaluate his mental status, the author, who is the forensic psychologist in this case, reviews Wilson's history and present medical condition, assesses genetic links and personality traits, administers the Competency Screening Test, determines to what degree the accused understands the crime and adjusts his medications. The paper concludes that Edward's current mental status indicates that he is not able to confer with his counsel, to understand the charges brought against him and to assist the counsel in his own defense; therefore, he should be detained for further evaluation until he is ready to stand trial.

From the Paper:

"After his first court appearance, Edward was ordered to my facility for competency restoration and a mental evaluation; his public defender wanted to ensure that Edward is competent enough to stand trial. When Edward first came to my facility, he was asked to complete some paperwork, including a Behavioral Health and Medical History Questionnaire about his mental condition and family history; this is done with all new patients to our facility. We also collect information on special needs a patient might have, such as hearing or vision impairment or translator needs, if necessary; in addition, contact information for family members and any other legal agencies involved are also collected and filed with the patient's information.
"After Edward was checked in to our facility, he was sent for a medical clearance check. There were several factors for this, one being the fact that he admitted he was not taking his prescribed medication during the time of the murders due to lack of sleep. Also, he admitted that as a teen, he discovered a "Lost Rock of Creation," with animal faces carved into it; he sent the rock to the CIA. A physical examination and blood work could rule out any other reason as to why Edward is experiencing sleep issues."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Greene, E., Heibrun, K., Fortune, W.H., Nietzel, M.T. (2006). Psychology and the Legal System. Florence, Kentucky. Cengage Learning.
  • Narbha, (2008). Northern Arizona Regional Behavorial Health Authority. PM Section 13.0 Forms and Attachments. Retrieved from manual/forms-attachments
  • Spearing, M.K. (2002). Overview of Schizophrenia. NIH Publication. Retrieved from

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