Synopsis: Whether for purposes of evaluating a criminal defendant’s competency to stand trial, the term “qualified expert or professional person” under RCW 10.77.060(1)(a) requires a competency evaluator to be qualified to assess the defendant’s competency in light of the defendant’s cultural background.
Docket No. 85422-0 (from Benton Case No. 08-1-00685-2)
Appellant: Phiengchai Sisouvanh
Respondent: State of Washington
Argument: Thursday, May 10, 2012 10:00am
[Source: TVW, http://tvw.org]
Audio: Washington Supreme Court
Decided: Thursday, October 18th, 2012
Prevailing Party: State of Washington (Respondent)
Court: Madsen3 Court (2012)
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