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7/03/2008Supreme Court decision may enhance fairness in criminal cases involving defendants with serious mental illnessesOn June 19, 2008, the Supreme Court of the U.S. issued a decision in which it held that a higher standard must be used to determine the competence of defendants to represent themselves in criminal cases than to determine the competence of defendants to stand trial.
6/01/2004Supreme Court Upholds Right under ADA to Sue States for DiscriminationIn a split decision, on May 17th, 2004, the Supreme Court allowed citizens with disabilities to sue the state of Tennessee for monetary damages under Title II of the American With Disabilities Act (ADA), in the Tennessee v. Lane case.
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