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NY Prisoner’s Disciplinary Charges Dismissed Because of His Mental Illness

On February 25, 1985, Marco Trujillo was a New York state prisoner at the Clinton Correctional Facility. He crawled under his bunk and screamed all night and was taken to the mental health unit the next day. While on his way to the mental health unit, he assaulted a guard and destroyed his uniform. At a later disciplinary hearing he was found innocent of disturbing the facility because of his mental health problems, but he was convicted of assaulting the guard and destroying state property. He appealed to a Clinton County trial court.

On review, the Supreme Court of New York, Clinton County found that Trujillo’s not guilty by reason of mental illness finding on the disturbing the facility charge should have been applied to all of the charges. On that basis, the Court reversed his remaining charges, but refused to order Trujillo’s record expunged. See: In the Matter of Trujillo v. Leferre, 130 Misc. 2d 1016, 498 N.Y.S.2d 696 (1986).

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Related legal case

In the Matter of Trujillo v. Leferre