Block on Trump's Asylum Ban Upheld by Supreme Court
In a capital habeas matter, the denial of petitioner's petition is affirmed where: 1) the trial court was not required to hold a sua sponte hearing on petitioner's competence to testify, because petitioner expressly declined the trial court's offer to hold a competency hearing, his attorney stipulated to his competence, and four mental health experts testified that he was competent; 2) there was no evidence submitted to the trial judge of any physical ailments suffered by petitioner which would have affected his competence; and 3) based on five experts' testimony that petitioner was competent, defense counsel made a reasonable investigation of petitioner's mental state.
Filed November 10, 2009
Opinion by Judge Birch
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