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House Bill would change competency hearings

Pawnee County Attorney to testify

By Jim Misunas

TOPEKA — Pawnee County Attorney John Settle is scheduled to testify Tuesday against House Bill 2584, which would revamp the way defendants are judged to be mentally competent to stand trial.
Settle argues the system in place works well to determine whether defendants are mentally competent to stand trial.
“Kansas courts do not find any criminal defendants competent to stand trial unless a defendant meets the strict standard set by years of Kansas appellate case law and well established statutory procedures,” Settle wrote.
He has served as Pawnee County Attorney since 1995 and is past ...

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