470 U.S. 68 (1985)
Petitioner was convicted of murder. He appealed his conviction, claiming that the State should have provided him with access to a psychiatrist in order to prepare his defense of insanity. The court of appeals affirmed the conviction.
- On review, the Court determined that when a State brought its judicial power to bear on an indigent defendant in a criminal proceeding it was required to take steps to assure that the defendant had a fair opportunity to present a defense.
- The Court found that the State had ample notice that petitioner intended to present a defense of insanity to the murder charges against him.
- Due process required that the State provide petitioner with access to a psychiatrist both to assist in the preparation of his insanity defense to the charges and in any sentencing proceedings.
- Petitioner's murder conviction was therefore reversed and remanded for a new trial.
The Court reversed the judgment and remanded the matter for a new trial.
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