Feds want full mental exam for alleged White House shooter

Politico on November 28, 2011 released the following:

Posted by Josh Gerstein

“Federal prosecutors are seeking a full mental evaluation of the man accused of attempting to assassinate President Barack Obama by opening fire at the White House earlier this month.

The prosecution made the formal request at a brief court hearing Monday even though a preliminary psychiatric assessment of the defendant, Oscar Ortega-Hernandez, found him competent to stand trial.

“The government received this morning the report of Dr. Elisabeth Teegarden concluding that the defendant is competent,” prosecutors George Varghese and John Borchert wrote in a court filing (posted here). “Although the government does not dispute that conclusion, the government notes that it was only based on a 50-minute screening and submits that a full psychiatric or psychological screening…is warranted, given the serious nature of the criminal charges pending against the defendant and the likelihood that mental health issues may arise in the course of these proceedings.”

Ortega-Hernandez was arrested in western Pennsylvania Nov. 16 and subsequently charged with attempted assassination for repeatedly firing a Romanian-made AK-47-type assault weapon at the White House on the night of Nov. 11.

Magistrate Judge Alan Kay ordered the defense to respond the competency exam motion by Dec. 2, accoridng to U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesman Bill Miller. Ortega-Hernandez, who was present at Monday’s hearing, will continue to be held without bond, Miller said.

The FBI said it found a few days after the Nov. 11 shooting incident that several rounds hit the White House and one broke a glass window before lodging against a bulletproof window panel. However, they have not publicly reported any ballistic tests linking the bullets discovered with the assault weapon found the night of the shooting in an abandoned car that belonged to Ortega-Hernandez.

Associates say Ortega-Hernandez considered Obama to be the anti-Christ and made vague comments about taking action. As part of an unsuccessful effort to get on an Oprah Winfrey television show, he also made a rambling video about oil-related wars.

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama were in California at the time of the shooting.”


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