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...e many people who may have a mental disability, that does not necessarily mean they are not competent for trial as long as they are capable of understanding the charges against them, and are able to effectively assist in their own defense. If a person can effectively and rationally understand the case against them, who the main players in the court are, and can assist in their own defense then they do not qualify to be found not competent to stand trial. Thus, the legal standard for competency to stand trial is very specific.
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