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Landmark Cases


AAPL selects Landmark Cases which it thinks especially important and significant for forensic psychiatry. This list is not officially recognized by the ABPN. AAPL revises the list from time to time; the list below includes additions and deletions applied through year 2000.

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Civil Rights of Psychiatric Patients

Right to Treatment
Rouse v. Cameron, 125 U.S. App. D.C. 366, 373 F.2d 451 (1966)
Wyatt v. Stickney, 344 F.Supp. 387 (M.D. Ala. 1972)
Donaldson v. O'Connor, 493 F.2d 507 (5th Cir. 1974)
Youngberg v. Romeo, 457 U.S. 307, 102 S.Ct. 2452 (1982)
Right to Refuse Treatment
App. of Pres. & Dir. of Georgetown., 118 U.S. App. D.C. 80, 331 F.2d 1000 (1964)
Super. of Belchertown v. Saikowitz, 383 Mass. 728, 370 N.E.2d 417 (1977)
Guardianship of Richard Roe III, In Re, 383 Mass. 415, 421 N.E.2d 40 (1981)
Rennie v. Klein, 720 F.2d 266 (3d Cir. 1983)
Rogers v. Commissioner, 390 Mass. 489, 458 N.E.2d 308 (1983)
Washington v. Harper, 494 U.S. 210, 110 S.Ct. 1028 (1990)
Right To Die
Vacco v. Quill, 117 S.Ct. 2293 (1997)
Washington v. Glucksberg, 117 S.Ct. 2258 (1997)
Civil Commitment
Lessard v. Schmidt, 349 F.Supp. 1078 (E.D. Wis. 1972)
O'Connor v. Donaldson, 422 U.S. 563, 95 S.Ct. 2486 (1975)
Addington v. Texas, 441 U.S. 418, 99 S.Ct. 1804 (1979)
Parham v. JR and JL, 442 U.S. 584, 99 S.Ct. 2493 (1979)
Zinermon v. Burch, 494 U.S. 113, 110 S.Ct. 975 (1990)
Managed Care
NYS Conf. of Blue Cross & Blue Shield Plans, et al. v. Travelers, 115 S.Ct. 1671 (1995)
Corcoran v. United Healthcare, Inc., 965 F.2d 1321 5th Cir. (1992)
Dukes v. United Healthcare, Inc., 57 F.3d 350 3d Cir. (1995)

 

Physician-Patient Relationship Cases

Informed Consent
Canterbury v. Spence, 150 U.S. App. D.C. 263, 464 F.2d 772 (1972)
Kaimowitz v. Michigan DMH, 1 MDLR 147 (1976)
Truman v. Thomas, 27 Cal. 3d 285, 611 P.2d 902 (1980)
Cruzan v. Director, Missouri DMH, 497 U.S 261, 110 S.Ct. 2841 (1990)
Confidentiality/Privilege/Privacy
Lifschutz, In Re, 2 Cal. 3d 415, 467 P.2d 557 (1970)
Whalen v. Roe, 429 U.S. 589, 97 S.Ct. 869 (1977)
Doe v. Roe, 400 N.Y.Supp.2d 668 (1977)
Jaffee v. Redmond, 116 S.Ct. 1923 (1996)
Commonwealth v. Kobrin, 395 Mass. 1004, 479 N.E. 2d 674 (1985)
Liability to Patients
Roy v. Hartogs, 381 N.Y.S. 2d 587 (1976)
Aetna v. McCabe, 556 F.Supp. 1342 (1983)
Mazza v. Huffaker, 311 N.C. 621, 319 S.E. 2d 217 (1984)
Clites v. Iowa, 322 N.W. 2d 917 (Iowa Ct. App. 1982)
Duty to Protect
Tarasoffv. Regents, 17 Cal. 3d 425, 551 P.2d 334, 131 Cal. Rptr. 14 (1976)
Lipari v. Sears, 497 F.Supp. 185 (D. Neb. 1980)
Jablonski v. U.S., 712 F.2d 391 (1983)
Naidu v. Laird, 539 A.2d 1064 (Del. 1988)

 

Criminal Process

Competency to Stand Trial
Dusky v. U.S., 362 U.S. 402, 80 5. Ct. 788 (1960)
Wilson v. U.S., 129 U.S. App. D.C. 107, 391 F.2d 460 (1968)
Jackson v. Indiana, 406 U.S. 715, 92 S.Ct. 1845 (1972)
Seiling v. Eyman, 478 F.2d 211 (9th Cir Ariz. 1973)
Godinez v. Moran, 113 S.Ct. 2680 (1993)
Riggins v. Nevada, 112 S.Ct. 1810 (1992)
Cooper v. Oklahoma, 116 S.Ct. 1373 (1996)
Criminal Responsibility
Insanity Defense
   MNaghten's Case, 8 Eng. Rep.718, SEng Rep. 722, (1843)
   Durham v. U.S., 94 U.S. App. D.C. 228, 214 F.2d 862, (1954)
   Washington v. U.S., 129 U.S. App. D.C. 29, 390 F.2d 444 (1967)
   Frendak v. U.S., 408 A.2d 364 (D.C. 1979)
   Jones v. U.S., 463 U.S. 354, 103 S.Ct. 3043 (1983)
   Foucha v. Louisiana, 112 S.Ct. 1780 (1992)
Diminished Capacity
   People v. Patterson, 39 N.Y.2d 288, 347 N.E.2d 898 (1976)
   Ibn-Tamas v. U.S., 407 A.2d 626 (D.C. 1979)
   Montana v. Engelhoff, 116 S.Ct. 2013 (1996)
Psychiatry and the Death Penalty
Estelle v. Smith, 451 U.S. 454, 101 S.Ct. 1866 (1981)
Barefoot v. Estelle, 463 U.S. 880, 103 S.Ct. 3383 (1983)
Ake v. Oklahoma, 470 U.S. 68, 105 S.Ct. 1087 (1985)
Ford v. Wainwright, 477 U.S. 399, 106 S.Ct. 2595 (1986)
Payne v. Tennessee, 111 S.Ct. 2597 (1991)
State v.Perry, 610 So.2d 746 (La. 1992)
Prisoner's Rights
Baxstrom v. Herold, 383 U.S. 107, 86 S.Ct. 760 (1966)
Estelle V. Gamble, 429 U.S. 97, 97 S.Ct. 285 (1976)
Vitek v. Jones, 445 U.S 480, 100 S.Ct. 1254 (1980)
Farmer v. Brennan, 114 S.Ct. 1970 (1994)
Defendant's Rights
Confessions
   Colorado v. Connelly, 479 U.S. 157, 107 S.Ct. 515 (1986)
Guilty Pleas
   North Carolina v. Alford, 400 U.S. 25, 91 S.Ct. 160 (1970)
Sex Offenders
   Specht v. Patterson, 386 U.S. 605, 87 S.Ct. 1209 (1967)
   Allen v. Illinois, 478 U.S. 364, 106 S.Ct. 2988 (1986)
   Kansas v. Hendricks, 117 S.Ct. 2072 (1997)
   In re Young & Cunningham, 857 P.2d. 989 (WA 1993)
Drugs/Alcohol
Robinson v. California, 370 U.S. 660, 82 S.Ct. 1417 (1962)
Powell v. Texas, 392 U.S. 514, 88 S.Ct. 2145 (1968)
Hypnosis
State v. Hurd, 173 N.J. Super. 333, 414 A.2d 291 (1980)
People v. Shirley, 181 Cal. Rptr. 243 (1982)
Rock v. Arkansas, 483 U.S. 44, 107 S.Ct. 2704 (1987)

 

Emotional Harm/Disability/Workplace Issues

Carter v. General Motors, 361 Mich. 577, 106 N.W.2d 105 (1960)
Dillon v. Legg, 68 Cal. 2d 728, 441 P.2d 912 (1968)
Americans With Disabilities Act
Bragdon v. Abbott, 118 S.Ct. 2196 (1998)
Pennsylvania v. Yesky, 118 S.Ct. 1952 (1998)
Olmstead v. L. C. ex rel Zimring, 119 S.Ct. 2176 (1999)
Sexual Harassment
Meritor Savings Bank v. Vinson, 106 S.Ct. 2399 (1986)
Harris v. Forklift Systems, Inc., 114 S.Ct. 367 (1993)
Oncale v. Sundowner Offshore Services, Inc., 118 S.Ct. 998 (1998)
Expert Witness Testimony Standards
Frye v. U.S., 293 F. 1013 (1923)
Daubert v. Merrell Dow, 61 U.S.L.W. 4805, 113 S.Ct. 2786 (1993)
General Electric v. Joiner, 118 S.Ct. 512 (1997)
Kumho Tire v. Carmichael, 119 S.Ct. 1l67 (1999)

 

Child Cases

Child Abuse Reporting
Landeros v. Flood, 17 Cal. 3d 399, 551 P.2d 389 (1976)
People v. Stritzinger, 34 Cal. 3d 505, 668 P.2d 738 (1983)
State v. Andring, 342 N.W.2d 128 (Minn. 1984)
DeShaney v. Winnebago, 489 U.S. 189, 109 S.Ct. 998 (1989)
Juvenile Court
Gault,In Re,387 U.S. 1, 87 S.Ct. 1428 (1967)
Education Related Services
Board of Education v. Rowley, 458 U.S. 176, 102 S.Ct. 3034 (1982)
Irving Independent School District v. Tatro, 468 U.S. 883, 104 S.Ct. 3371 (1984)
Custody
Painter v. Bannister, 258 Iowa 1390, 140 N.W.2d 152 (1966)
Santosky v. Kramer, 455 U.S. 745, 102 S.Ct.1388 (1982)
 
       
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