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Name: U.S. v. Timmins
Case #: 00-30224
Court: US Court of Appeals
District 9 Cir
Opinion Date: 07/17/2002
Subsequent History: None

Timmins was convicted of several counts of bank robbery and sentenced to 30 years in prison, following his refusal to consider a plea bargain which would have resulted in 12 years and which was strongly encouraged by counsel. Two mental health professionals concluded that given Timmins’ long history of psychosis and his delusional belief system, he did not have the ability to understand the significance of the plea agreement or the consequences of going to trial. Here, the appellate court reversed and remanded for a determination of whether Timmins’ decision to go to trial rather than to accept an offered plea bargain was made competently. The district court inquired inadequately into Timmins’ ability to assist properly in his own defense.