69 N.Y.2d 20 (1986)

The People of the State of New York, Respondent, v. Peter Lancaster, Appellant.

Court of Appeals of the State of New York.

Decided December 18, 1986.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Joseph E. Fahey for appellant.

Richard A. Hennessy, Jr., District Attorney (John A. Cirando and Michael P. Marmor of counsel), for respondent.

Chief Judge WACHTLER and Judges MEYER, SIMONS, KAYE, TITONE and HANCOCK, JR., concur.


We hold today that the People are under no obligation to charge the Grand Jury with respect to a potential defense of mental disease or defect, and therefore have no duty to present to the Grand Jury evidence within their possession of defendant's psychiatric history in support of such a charge.


On October 21, 1984, Peter Lancaster, while a patient at the Hutchings Psychiatric...

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