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Case Name: Salvador GODINEZ, warden,
v. Richard MORAN

Date, Location, Cite: 1993 NV
113 S.Ct. 2680
US SUPREME COURT

Moran killed 2 men in a bar, his wife, shot himself. Two Psychiatrists said he was Competent to Stand Trial. State sought the Death Penalty, defendant then said he wanted to plead Guilty. He was sentenced to death, then appealed, saying he had been incompetent to defend himself due to Mental Illness. Appeals Court said Competency to waive rights took higher standard than Competency to Stand Trial. Supreme Court overturned this and SIELING (qv), said Competency to Stand Trial is SAME as Competent to Plead Guilty.