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December 23, 1988
Nathan N. Trupp will be given a court hearing to determine whether he is mentally competent to stand trial on charges he killed two security guards in Universal City, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled Thursday. Judge David S. Milton ordered the hearing at the arraignment of Trupp, 42, who told police he killed the Universal Studios guards Dec. 1 after they refused to let him see actor Michael Landon. Police said Trupp, a former mental patient, killed three people in Albuquerque, N.M.
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.
April 9, 2004 | From Associated Press
Lawyers for a white supremacist accused of soliciting the murder of a federal judge said Thursday a key federal witness might be mentally ill and should undergo a competency hearing before being allowed to testify. U.S. District Judge James T. Moody said he would wait until early next week to take up the request concerning Jon Fox, a longtime associate of Matthew Hale. Hale, 32, a white supremacist leader from East Peoria, is charged with obstruction of justice and soliciting the murder of U.S.
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 | From Associated Press
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 | DAVID LAUTER, Times Staff Writer
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 | Associated Press
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.
January 18, 1998 | From Associated Press
A psychiatrist who received a one-day extension to recommend whether Theodore Kaczynski is competent to stand trial completed her report on the Unabomber suspect Saturday, the court clerk said. The document will remain under seal to the public, although a hearing scheduled for Tuesday could reveal its basic conclusions. Prison psychiatrist Dr. Sally Johnson, who also examined presidential assailant John Hinckley Jr.
October 13, 1993 | RENE LYNCH
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.
September 15, 1993 | MARK I. PINSKY
The man accused of opening fire inside a Dana Point post office during a two-day rampage that left two dead and six wounded will have a hearing Nov. 1 to determine his competence to stand trial. Two court-appointed psychiatrists disagreed about whether Mark Richard Hilbun of Dana Point is currently capable of understanding the charges against him and assisting in his own defense, prompting the need for a full hearing. Both sides have the right to request that a jury decide Hilbun's competence.
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