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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 1998 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In yet another twist in the legal saga surrounding accused serial killer Charles Ng, attorneys representing the former Marine go to court today to try to prove themselves wrong. The latest chapter in the case--expected to be one of the longest and costliest in California history--centers on whether Ng is mentally competent to stand trial for a dozen killings committed in 1984 and 1985 in Calaveras County.
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August 24, 1992 | SHERYL STOLBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The woman in the wheelchair is telling the judge that she came to California "under contract to put the Earth back together." She wears a hospital gown with a blue and white snowflake pattern. A leather belt is strapped around her ample belly and lashed to her wrists, preventing her from rising. Hanging her head in her hand, her fingers running nervously through thick mousy brown curls, the woman laughs and fights tears. "This is ridiculous," she says loudly.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 1993 | LILY DIZON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Municipal Court judge Tuesday temporarily suspended murder charges against fired postal worker Mark Hilbun and ordered a hearing to determine if he is mentally competent to stand trial. The 39-year-old Dana Point man has been charged with murdering his mother and then a former co-worker at the Dana Point Post Office during a two-day rampage in May. Five other people were wounded in that incident and three other attacks, and Hilbun has also been charged with those shootings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 1994 | SUSAN MARQUEZ OWEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A woman charged with torturing and sexually abusing her 10-year-old nephew is mentally competent to stand trial, two court-appointed psychiatrists reported to a Superior Court judge Friday. But at a defense attorney's urging, the judge agreed the woman may be examined by a third psychiatrist before the competency issue is decided. "This case is a picture of insanity," said defense attorney Richard Gilbert. "My client is not able to help me with her defense. She's not able to cope.
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January 7, 1992 | GEORGE FRANK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal magistrate ruled Monday that a man accused of sending threatening and obscene letters to Olympic champion ice skater Katarina Witt is mentally competent to stand trial and can act as his own attorney. U.S. Magistrate Ronald Rose set a preliminary hearing for Harry Veltman III, 47, for Jan. 17 in U.S. District Court here. Veltman, of Westminster, faces three counts, one of sending obscene letters through the mail and two of sending threatening letters through the mail.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 8, 1990 | LOIS TIMNICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Marlon Brando's daughter, Cheyenne, has been declared mentally incompetent by a French court in Tahiti, dimming prosecutors' hopes of calling her as their star witness in the upcoming murder trial of her brother, Christian. Although the trial is scheduled to begin Jan. 14, this latest development increases the likelihood of a plea-bargain agreement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 1990 | ROBERT PIERRE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A psychiatrist reported Friday that a former Beverly Hills policeman accused of raping an 11-year-old Irvine girl is sane and capable of standing trial for the crime. But members of the defense team for Steven Rush McCoy challenged that conclusion at a court hearing. "Mr. McCoy is not capable of intelligently assisting us in his defense," said William L. Cassidy, a defense investigator. "Mr. McCoy has a history of seducing mental health professionals with his considerable charm.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 14, 1990 | DENNIS McDOUGAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Arthur Greenwald on Tuesday scheduled May 21 for a trial to determine the competency of Bill Cosby's former business manager, Mary Waller, to manage her estimated $10 million to $12 million in assets. Waller was fired last June from her post as chief financial officer of Cosby's Santa Monica-based personal services corporation, SAH Enterprises, after Cosby's wife, Camille, discovered several alleged misappropriations in the Cosbys' bank accounts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 1995 | JULIO MORAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An 18-year-old accused of fatally shooting a Porter Ranch pizzeria manager during a 1993 robbery was ordered Monday to undergo psychological evaluation to determine whether he is mentally competent to stand trial. Dusty Tyrone Castillo's attorney, Jenny Scovis, said her client "is psychotic" and that a psychologist she retained could not interview him because of his condition.
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June 14, 2008 | Harriet Ryan, Times Staff Writer
For several years, Emily Leatherman has been accused of repeatedly stalking actors John Cusack and Tom Cruise, at one point allegedly throwing a bag containing love letters, rocks and screwdrivers over a fence at Cusack's home. On Friday, a judge in Van Nuys ordered Leatherman, 33, to undergo a psychiatric evaluation to determine if she is mentally competent to stand trial. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Susan M. Speer, who is presiding over the Cusack case, said her doubts about Leatherman's mental state were based in part on a flurry of "delusional" court papers filed by the defendant, who was acting as her own attorney.
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