No. 075009.

145 A.3d 146 (2016)

226 N.J. 516

STATE of New Jersey, Plaintiff-Respondent, v. June GORTHY (a/k/a June Governale), Defendant-Appellant.

Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Decided September 28, 2016.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Michele A. Adubato , Designated Counsel, argued the cause for appellant ( Joseph E. Krakora , Public Defender, attorney).

Mary R. Juliano , Special Deputy Attorney General/Acting Assistant Prosecutor, argued the cause for respondent ( Christopher J. Gramiccioni , Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor, attorney).

Emily R. Anderson , Deputy Attorney General, argued the cause for amicus curiae Attorney General of New Jersey ( Robert Lougy , Acting Attorney General, attorney).

When a criminal defendant is found competent to stand trial under N.J.S.A. 2C:4-4, he or she has the autonomy to make strategic decisions at trial, with the advice of counsel. Among those decisions is the choice whether or not to assert the insanity defense, which absolves a defendant...

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