SEATTLE | Judge finds man accused of mailing explosives incompetent

12Jul - by Editor - 0 - In STL.News



SEATTLE — A federal judge ruled Thursday that a Washington state man accused of mailing explosive devices to government agencies in the Washington, D.C., area is not competent to help with his defense and should receive treatment before his case moves forward.

A competency evaluation for Thanh Cong Phan found him to have schizophrenia, Assistant U.S. Attorney Bruce Miyake told U.S. District Judge John Coughenour during a hearing.

The mental health expert who examined Phan said she doesn’t believe he is able to assist his lawyer in his defense.

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