Susan SMith July 11 part 2

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Susan SMith July 11 part 2 - JUDGE FROM PAGE 1 A journ for the day without...
JUDGE FROM PAGE 1 A journ for the day without ruling. The competency issue was expected to be little more than a formality, but it occupied most of the afternoon. If she is found incompetent, Smith's trial would be delayed indefinitely while she undergoes treatment until her condition improves. If the trial does go on, prosecutor Tommy Pope must deal with Morgan's believed she knew right from wrong at the time of the drowning and was able to conform her actions to the law. Pope also argued that Smith was competent under the legal definition, and that she had a constitutional right to admit her guilt to the jury just as she could plead guilty before the judge. Defense specialists said Morgan's testimony creates problems for the prosecution in its move to seek the death penalty. "It's troubling for the prosecution and certainly not the way I'd want to start this case if I was prosecuting. I've never heard of it before," said Dick Harpootlian, a former prosecutor and Columbia defense attorney. George Kendall, assistant counsel for the national Legal Defense Fund in New York, said Morgan's testimony "is a real problem. There is no way the judge can place the defendant in a position in which she cannot testify. I don't see him having a great choice, unless he wants to roll the dice." Dr. Calvin Frederick, a professor of psychiatry at the University of California-Los Angeles, disagreed with Morgan's "People are not incompetent simply want to kill "Less than 2 percent commit suicide are Frederick who suicides said he hundreds of criminal defense and The decision to penalty should be Jim Boren, chairman Association of death penalty "I think the

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  1. The Greenville News,
  2. 11 Jul 1995, Tue,
  3. Main Edition,
  4. Page 7

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