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Case Name: Gilbert SEILING
v. Frank EYMAN, warden, AZ state prison

Date, Location, Cite: 1973 AZ
478 F 2d 211
US Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit.

Seiling charged with Assault with deadly weapon (3 counts), Assault to commit murder (5 counts); 3/3 examining psychiatrists said was Insane on Mental State at time of offense, 2/3 said Competent to Stand Trial. Just before trail, Defendant changed plea to Guilty. later appealed, saying he was not competent to waive rights. Appeal Court said Competent to Stand Trial does NOT equal Competent Plead Guilty.
cf Godinez v. Moran