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Case Name: WILSON v. US

Date, Location, Cite: 1968 DC
391 F 2d 460
US Court of Appeals for DC

Defendant suffered severe head injury after crime; had true organic amnesia; Court. said "extrinsic information" was available, he could assist lawyer, was Competent to Stand Trial. On appeal, Appeal Court said yes, IF there was plenty of extrinsic data; if an amnesia victim has a "substantial possibility [he could] but for amnesia, establish a defense" he is Incompetent to stand trial