Asked by Lexie Butler on Feb 18, 2024

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Which of the following statements is true of competence to stand trial?

A) Defendants with a long history of psychiatric problems are more likely to be referred for competence evaluations.
B) Those with schizophrenia are exempt from being referred for competence evaluation.
C) European Americans are more likely than members of ethnic minority groups to be judged incompetent.
D) Defendants referred for competence evaluations tend to be educated, employed, and married.

Schizophrenia

Disorder consisting of unreal or disorganized thoughts and perceptions as well as verbal, cognitive, and behavioral deficits.

  • Factors such as a long history of psychiatric problems can influence the likelihood of being referred for competence evaluations.
  • Having schizophrenia does not exempt individuals from being referred for competence evaluation.
  • The likelihood of being judged incompetent may vary among different ethnic groups, but it is not accurate to say that European Americans are more likely than members of ethnic minority groups to be judged incompetent.
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Ashley Rawls

Feb 18, 2024

Final Answer :
A
Explanation :
Defendants with a history of psychiatric problems are more likely to be referred for competence evaluations, as their mental health can affect their ability to understand and participate in legal proceedings. The other options are false: schizophrenia does not exempt someone from evaluation, ethnic minorities are not more likely to be judged incompetent, and there is no evidence to suggest that educated, employed, and married individuals are more likely to be referred for evaluations.