Supreme Court Upholds Arizona's Ability to (1) Limit the Scope of the Insanity Defense and (2) Preclude the Use of Mental Health Expert Testimony in Conjunction with a Mens Rea Determination

Clark v. Arizona, 126 S. Ct. 2709 (2006)

In its recently completed term that began October 3, 2005, and ended June 29, 2006, the United States Supreme Court decided sixty-nine cases with a signed opinion.  After an unprecedented eleven years without a change in its membership, these opinions were closely watched to see whether the Court's direction would change with the addition of Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., and Samuel A. Alito, Jr.  For many mental health professionals, the case of greatest interest, Clark v. Arizona, was issued on the final day of the term...

Found in DMHL Volume 25 Issue 2