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Unfitness to Plead in Criminal Trials

  • M. Hamblin Smith (a1)
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The subject of this paper is the criteria of an accused person's fitness to plead to an indictment charging him with some criminal offence. It is a consideration of the questions which are involved in the special verdict of “insane on arraignment.” We shall see, however, that in this connection the word “insane” is used in an extended sense.

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Unfitness to Plead in Criminal Trials

  • M. Hamblin Smith (a1)
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