Mental Health Case Law List and Summaries

Why to study case law?

Case law refers to the available writings that explain particular cases. Case law is typically created and developed by judges who deliver these particular rulings; case law is driven when judges write their decisions and give the reasoning behind their verdicts. Collected opinions may be referred to in a future case by other judges when they themselves offer their rulings on similar cases; this relationship that is derived through case law, enables the law to remain relatively consistent.

How does it apply to mental health?

Case law can be related to mental health. Because SFU provides psycho-legal mental health assessments, some case law cases are relevant. See below some mental health case law areas and summaries of some case law briefs.

Competency related cases

Brown v. Mississippi (1936)

Dusky v. U.S. (1960)

Escobedo v. Illinois (1964)

Miranda v. Arizona (1966)

Pate v. Robinson (1966)

Wilson v. U.S. (1968)

North Carolina v. Alford (1970)

Jackson v. Indiana (1972)

Selling v. Eyman (1973)

Drope v. Missouri (1975)

State v. Bauer II (1980)

Davis v. Wyrick (1985)

Crane v. Kentucky (1986) PDF

Colorado v. Connelly (1986) PDF

U.S. v. Charters (1987)

U.S. v. Charters (1988)

Powell v. Texas (1989)

Medina v. California (1992)

Godinez v. Moran (1993)

Cooper v. Oklahoma (1996)PDF

State v. Camacho (1997)

State of Minnesota v. Maime Hernandez Mills (1997)PDF

State v. Mills (1997)

U.S. v. Duhon (2000)

Dickerson v. U.S. (2000)

Sell v. U.S. (2003)

Fellers v. U.S. (2004)

Indiana v. Edwards (2008)PDF

Berghuis v. Thompkins (2010)

Pro Se (appearing for oneself, not retaining a lawyer) cases

Faretta v. California (1975)

State v. Thornblad (1994)

Indiana v. Edwards (2008)

Criminal Responsibility Cases

Rex v. Arnold (1724)> PDF

Daniel M’Naughten’s Case (1843, England)

State v. Gut (1886)

Durham v. U.S. (1954)

State v. Finn (1960)
McDonald v. U.S. (1962)PDF

Whalem v. U.S. (1965)

Washington v. U.S. (1967)

U.S. v. Brawner (1972)

State v. Rawland (1972)

Edney v. Smith (1976) PDF

State v. Bott (1976)

Frendak v. U.S. (1981)

State v. Ulm (1982)

State v. Bouwman (1982) PDF

Jones v. U.S. (1983)

Ake v. Oklahoma (1985)

U.S. v. Marble (1991)

Foucha v. Louisiana (1992)

Davis v. State (1999) PDF

Nature of the Case: Criminal Responsibility

Clark v. Arizona (2006) PDF

Voluntary Intoxication Cases

State v. Altimus (1976)

State v. Clarken (1977)

State v. Johnson (1982)

Montana v. Egelhof (1996)

Civil Commitment Cases

Lake v. Cameron (1966)

Lessard v. Schmidt (1972)

Addington v. Texas (1979)PDF

Donaldson v. O’Conner (1974)

O’Conner v. Donaldson (1975)

Parham v. JR et. al. (1979)

Youngberg v. Romeo (1982)

Zinermon v. Burch (1990)

Heller v. Doe (1993)

Olmstead v. L.C. (1999)

Mentally Ill and Dangerous Cases

Johnson v. Noot (1982)

In re: Malm (1985)

In re: Lufsky (1986)

In re: Kottke (1988)

Reome v. Levine (1988)

In re: Hoffmaster (1989)

In re: Jasmer (1989)

In re: Clemons (1993)

Silverpony v. Goodno (2008)

Banks v. Ludeman (2010) (1979) PDF

SVP (Sexually Violent Person) Commitment Cases

Minnesota ex real Pearson (1940)

Allen v. Illinois (1986)

In re: Young and Cunningham (1993)

Call v. Gomez (1995) PDF

Kansas v. Hendricks (1997)

Kansas v. Crane (2002)

U.S. v. Comstock (2010)

Right to Treatment and Right to Refuse Treatment Cases

Baxstrom v. Herold (1966)

Wyatt v. Stickney (1972)

Estelle v. Gamble (1976)

Price v. Sheppard (1976)

Rogers v. Orkin (1980)

Vitek v. Jones (1980)

Clites v. Iowa (1982)

Rennie v. Klein (1983)

Jarvis v. Levine (1988)

Washington v. Harper (1990)

Riggins v. Nevada (1992)

Farmer v. Brennan (1994)

Duty to Protect Cases

Tarasoff v. Regents (1976)

Lipari v. Sears (1980)

Brady v. Hopper (1980)

Jablonsky v. U.S. (1983)

Hedlund v. Sup. Court of Orange County (1983)

Naidu v. Laird (1988)

Culberson v. Chapman (1993)

Anderson v. Yellow Medicine County (2002)

Confidentiality, Privacy, and Privilege Cases

In re: Lifshutz (1970)

Canterbury v. Spence (1972)

Caesar v. Mountanos (1976)

Whalen v. Roe (1977)

Doe v. Roe (1977)

Commonwealth v. Kobrin (1985)

Menendez v. Superior Court (1992)

Jaffee v. Redmond (1996)

Experts and Evidence

Federal rules of evidence 102, 2014, 401-403, 413, 602, 701-706

Frye v. U.S. (1923)

Jenkins v. U.S. (1962)

Minnesota v. Mack (1980)

Bruce v. Byrne-Stevens & Associates (1989)

Murphy v. Mathewa (1992)

Daubert v. Merrell Dow (1993)

Budwin v. American Psychological Association (1994) PDF

Detherage v. Examining Board of Psychology (1994)

General Electric v. Joiner (1997)

Kumbo Tire v. Carmichael (1999)

Goeb v. Tharaldson (2000)

Admissibility and Eyewitnesses Cases

State v. Hurd (1980)

People v. Shirley (1982)

Rock v. Arkansas (1987)

White v. Illinois (1992)

Crawford v. Washington (2004)

State v. Henderson (2011)

Perry v. New Hampshire (2012)

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