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Question 1: In the ________ criminal justice system, a competency evaluation is an assessment of the ability of a defendant ability to understand and rationally participate in a court process.
AlaskaCanadaPhilippinesUnited States

Question 2: It has been estimated that approximately 90 percent of all criminal cases in the United States are settled through guilty pleas, rather than a ________.
CourtAppealTrial (law)Jury trial

Question 3: In 1989, Kenneth Curtis of ________ was initially found mentally incompetent to stand trial following the murder of his estranged girlfriend.
Bridgeport, ConnecticutTrumbull, ConnecticutFairfield, ConnecticutStratford, Connecticut

Question 4: [1] In a subsequent ruling, the Court held that that an prisoner facing the death penalty must be evaluated as competent to be executed, meaning that he must be capable of understanding why he has received the ________ and the effect that the penalty will have.
TortureCapital punishmentStoningReligion and capital punishment

Question 5: Competency was originally established by the ________ as the evaluation of a defendant's competence to proceed to trial.
Supreme Court of the United StatesUnited States courts of appealsUnited States CongressUnited States Constitution

Question 6: In this case, the defendant Dusky presented a petition of ________ to the Supreme Court requesting that his conviction be reversed on the grounds that he was not competent to stand trial at the time of the proceeding.
Procedures of the Supreme Court of the United StatesCommon lawSupreme Court of the United StatesCertiorari

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