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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.
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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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September 30, 1993 | RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a legal move that could lead to another delay in the county's longest-running criminal case, an attorney for accused triple-murderer Thomas Maniscalco said Wednesday he is seeking to have his client declared mentally incompetent to stand trial. Maniscalco has difficulty recalling events and an inability to make decisions, hindering efforts to prepare a defense, attorney Curt Livesay said after a court hearing Wednesday.
NEWS
November 20, 1990 | PHILIP HAGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The state Supreme Court, deciding a widely debated constitutional issue, on Monday upheld the death sentence of a man convicted in three execution-style murders during a 1984 convenience store-robbery rampage in Orange County. The court, rejecting an appeal by Teofilo Medina Jr., affirmed the constitutionality of a state law that requires defendants to shoulder the burden of proving they are mentally incompetent to stand trial.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 1991 | CATHERINE GEWERTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to review the case of Teofilo Medina, who is on Death Row for the execution-style killings of three Orange County convenience store clerks in 1984. The high court agreed to use Medina's case to decide whether a prosecutor should have to prove that a defendant is mentally competent to stand trial. If the court rules the burden of proving competency rests with the prosecution, it could have the effect of overturning Medina's conviction and sentencing.
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December 7, 1993 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Superior Court judge ruled Monday that former letter carrier Mark Richard Hilbun is competent to stand trial on charges of killing two people and wounding six others during a two-day rampage that included a shooting inside the Dana Point post office. Judge Robert R. Fitzgerald ordered Hilbun to appear for a preliminary hearing on Jan. 22 at Municipal Court in Laguna Niguel.
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