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Ryan v. Gonzales and Tibbals v. Carter

Court Type: U.S. Supreme Court
Status: Closed (Judgment)
Last Update: July 26, 2012

What's at Stake

Whether death row inmates who have been found incompetent are entitled to a stay of their federal habeas corpus proceedings.


An incompetent defendant may not be tried. The question in these two cases is whether a death row inmates who is found incompetent is entitled to a stay of his federal habeas corpus proceedings. The ACLU amicus brief demonstrates through actual examples that the participation of a competent client in his habeas corpus proceeding is critical to effective representation.

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