Docket No. Crim. 19738.

22 Cal.3d 318 (1978)

583 P.2d 1308

149 Cal. Rptr. 265

THE PEOPLE, Plaintiff and Respondent, v. WILLIAM LAURENCE WETMORE, Defendant and Appellant.

Supreme Court of California.

September 26, 1978.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case


Wilbur F. Littlefield, Public Defender, John M. Moore, Chief Deputy Public Defender, Harold F. Shabo, Leon M. Salter and Dennis A. Fischer, Deputy Public Defenders, for Defendant and Appellant.

Evelle J. Younger, Attorney General, Jack R. Winkler, Chief Assistant Attorney General, S. Clark Moore, Assistant Attorney General, Norman H. Sokolow and Roy C. Preminger, Deputy Attorneys General, for Plaintiff and Respondent.

Burt Pines, City Attorney (Los Angeles), George C. Eskin, Chief Assistant City Attorney, Ward G. McConnell, Assistant City Attorney, S. Thomas Todd and Laurie Harris, Deputy City Attorneys, as Amici Curiae on behalf of Plaintiff and Respondent.



Charged with burglary, defendant argued that psychiatric reports showed that as a result of mental illness he lacked the specific intent required for conviction of that crime. Relying on a dictum in People v. Wells (1949) 33 Cal.2d 330 [202 P.2d 53], the trial court reasoned that because...

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