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Case Name: Paula FRENDAK v U.S

Date, Location, Cite: 1979 408 A.2d 364

US Ct of Appeals for DC

Defendant shot co-worker, went to Abu Dhabi, was brought back. After 4 competency hearings, found CST. Several experts said she was probably Insane. Defendant refused the NGRI defense. She said murder was part of a 'plot.' She was found NGRI.

Ct said Defendant may feel hospital is worse than prison, stigma and legal consequences are different for crime/insanity, and that crimes may be a protest which NGRI negates (as in USSR, "crazy if oppose State," could have said ML King was Insane, negate his protest of laws)
--Competent defendant can chose to NOT have NGRI.
cf WHALEM