Ryan v. Gonzales and Tibbals v. Carter Decided
Whether death row inmates who have been found incompetent are entitled to a stay of their federal habeas corpus proceedings.
An incompetent defendant may not be tried. The question in these two cases is whether a death row inmates who is found incompetent is entitled to a stay of his federal habeas corpus proceedings. The ACLU amicus brief demonstrates through actual examples that the participation of a competent client in his habeas corpus proceeding is critical to effective representation.