Court Waited While Defendant’s Competency Evaluated

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Jury selection was complete and opening statements were ready in a Fayetteville courtroom this week when the proceedings came to a temporary standstill. The judge ordered that the mental state of the defendant be evaluated by professionals before the trial got underway. The 32-year-old defendant is accused of assaulting and killing a 5-year-old girl four
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2nd Degree Murder Plea in Wake Case Raises Competence Questions 2

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Since the Newtown shootings, public debate has focused on gun violence and mental health resources. That tragedy and others have pointed out that neither the government nor the health care sector has figured out the best way to help people with mental illness before they commit a crime. When the crime occurs, it’s left to
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Racketeering, Insurance Fraud, Patient Neglect and Now Murder

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An unusual case from 2010 is back in the news. The defendant is a 62-year-old doctor who ran a number of endoscopy clinics. Two years ago, a grand jury handed up a 28-count indictment charging the doctor and two of his nurse anesthetists with racketeering insurance fraud, reckless endangerment, patient neglect and a long list
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