No. 73-6038.

420 U.S. 162 (1975)


Supreme Court of United States.

Decided February 19, 1975.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Thomas C. Walsh argued the cause for petitioner. With him on the briefs was Charles A. Weiss.

Neil MacFarlane, Assistant Attorney General of Missouri, argued the cause for respondent. With him on the brief were John C. Danforth, Attorney General, and David Robards, Assistant Attorney General.

MR. CHIEF JUSTICE BURGER delivered the opinion of the Court.

We granted certiorari in this case to consider petitioner's claims that he was deprived of due process of law by the failure of the trial court to order a psychiatric examination with respect to his competence to stand trial and by the conduct in his absence of a portion of his trial on an indictment charging a capital offense.


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