He gave the medical testimony, in pointed imitation of our local practitioner; and he piped and shook, as the aged turnpike-keeper who had heard blows, to an extent so very paralytic as to suggest a doubt regarding the mental competency
of that witness.
The lawyers filed the appeal with the Osaka High Court, saying the Osaka District Court failed to thoroughly examine the mental competency
of Takuma, 39, before sentencing him to death.
O'Brien, who said she had concerns about his mental competency
to stand trial, based on information in police reports.
The defense counsel has asked for an acquittal or a lenient sentence, citing his diminished mental competency
at the time of the crime.
Durham, 30, of Fitchburg, will likely be the subject of a mental competency
hearing, Judge Elliott L.
The examination would be aimed at mainly identifying his mental competency
I have absolutely no desire to do that,'' Mamoru Takuma said when asked by the prosecutors whether he intends to put up a fight about his mental competency
to stand trial for the murders at Ikeda Elementary School in June last year.
At the request of the defense lawyers, the court conducted a mental competency
evaluation on Sato.