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SCOTUS reaffirmed the State's right to present rebuttal expert testimony based on an interview of the defendant if the defendant initiates such evidence.

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This has been the law in Texas under Lagrone v. State, 942 SW2d 602, since 1997. Interestingly, though, SCOTUS did not talk about whether the justification arose from a concept of waiver of the 5th Amendment. Instead, the Court focused on the fundamental unfairness of allowing the Defendant to present only one side to a mental health issue.

Does that mean the State has some fundamental right to a fair trial?
 
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Seems to at least mean the defendant does not have a right to an unfair trial on an issue on which he bears the burden of proof. The ruling by the Kansas Supreme Court was a bit frightening: take enough meth and you can do anything you want without criminal sanctions.
 
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