This note analyzes the public policy implications of the Ake decision while considering the resulting impact on North Carolina. The note also evaluates the soundness of the decision with respect to the requirement of a preliminary showing. Finally, recommendations for implementing the Ake rule are discussed while examining whether "access to a competent psychiatrist" is in fact a standard of constitutional disadvantage for the indigent criminal defendant.
William D. Auman, Criminal Procedure - Defendant's Due Process Right to a Psychiatric Expert - Ake v. Oklahoma, 8 Campbell L. Rev. 323 (1986).