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September 17, 1996 |
A man charged with setting an apartment fire that killed his wife and six children may be incompetent to stand trial and could be sent to a state mental facility, his lawyer said Monday. Psychiatric evaluations conducted on Jorjik Avanesian, 41, will be used to argue that Avanesian is incapable of assisting in his own defense, said Deputy Public Defender Stanley Perlo. A competency hearing is scheduled today in Judge Janice Claire Croft's courtroom at Pasadena Superior Court.
January 21, 1998 |
After a week of psychiatric scrutiny, Theodore Kaczynski was found competent to stand trial Tuesday, paving the way for opening statements to begin as soon as Thursday and a possible reopening of plea bargain negotiations. U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. ordered jurors to return to court Thursday after a two-week delay. The judge will also rule then on whether the Harvard-trained mathematician can act as his own lawyer. The Unabomber case was apparently put back on track after Dr.
October 24, 1998 |
Doctors and other health care providers should be periodically reviewed to make sure they are still competent, an expert commission says in a report contending that the interests of professionals too often outweigh consumer protection. Most states require continuing education, but health care professionals should have their competence evaluated periodically after they are initially licensed to practice, the Pew Health Professions Commission recommends.
October 5, 1988 |
With five weeks to go before America votes, Michael S. Dukakis is fighting the election on the grounds he set out at the beginning: competence. In his speeches and in a series of advertisements that are now filling the airwaves, Dukakis is pressing a message that America is entering challenging times, for which he is prepared and Vice President George Bush is not.
January 5, 1994 |
Two court-appointed experts told a judge Tuesday that Colin A. Ferguson is competent to stand trial in the shooting deaths of six people on a Long Island commuter train. Nassau County District Judge Ira Warshawsky reserved judgment, saying he would give the defense until Friday to present its own report. A psychiatrist and a psychologist said that Ferguson understands the charges and can aid in his defense. He has been jailed since the Dec. 7 rampage.
December 20, 1987 |
From a distance, he was like anyone else on Amity Street. He mowed the lawn, tinkered with the car and romped with his children in the vacant lot near the family's faded-pink house. But Bart Dobben was like nobody else on Amity. He was a diagnosed schizophrenic with a desperate religious vision and a history of bizarre behavior, a man obsessed with the end of the world.
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October 13, 1993 |
A lawyer and founder of a motorcycle gang is mentally competent to stand trial on three counts of first-degree murder in the county's longest running criminal case, a jury determined Tuesday. Concluding a rare proceeding in which jurors are asked to determine a defendant's mental competence, a Superior Court jury deliberated less than three hours before rejecting testimony that Thomas Maniscalco, 48, suffers from a diminished mental capacity.
November 3, 1994 |
A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Francisco Martin Duran is mentally competent to stand trial for allegedly firing 27 shots at the exterior of the White House on Saturday. Magistrate Deborah Robinson issued the ruling on the recommendation of prosecutors even though Duran cut short his one-day psychiatric exam by refusing to answer all the doctor's questions. He did so after his court-provided lawyer, Leigh Kenny, filed motions--later denied by the court--to halt the examination.
June 25, 1991 |
The debate over the death penalty is coming back to life again. This time the issue is whether the procedures that American courts use in meting out the ultimate punishment are fair--especially the question of whether defendants get competent defense lawyers. Lawyers who specialize in death penalty appeals, backed by some judges and an American Bar Assn.
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November 18, 1994 |
A murderer from Fullerton who is appealing his death sentence claiming his attorney was incompetent had, in fact, "an experienced criminal trial attorney," an Orange County Superior Court judge said Thursday. Attorneys for John Louis Visciotti, 37, had argued before the state Supreme Court that his former attorney, Roger J. Agajanian, never told the jury about his troubled childhood before they sentenced him to death in 1983.