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Kansas v. Cheever, 12-609

The Kansas Supreme Court's decision vacating defendant's murder conviction and death sentence is vacated and remanded, where: 1) Buchanan v. Kentucky established that a State may introduce the results of a court-ordered psychiatric examination for the limited purpose of rebutting a mental-status defense; 2) defendant raised a voluntary intoxication defense, offering expert testimony regarding his methamphetamine use; 3) the Kansas Supreme Court erred in concluding that the Buchanan rule did not apply; and 4) the Fifth Amendment does not prohibit the government from introducing evidence from a court ordered mental evaluation of a criminal defendant to rebut that defendant's presentation of expert testimony in support of a defense of voluntary intoxication.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 12/11/2013
  • Published 12/11/2013




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