Judge Has Moussaoui Report
May. 31, 2002
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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) _ A psychiatric report on Zacarias Moussaoui is in the hands of a federal judge, who ordered that it be kept secret for now.
U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema said Thursday she received the report from Dr. Raymond Patterson. She asked him to evaluate whether Moussaoui, the only man charged as a Sept. 11 accomplice, is mentally competent to fire his court-appointed lawyers.
Moussaoui, a French citizen who could face the death penalty, announced in an April court hearing that he wanted to represent himself.
Brinkema said earlier this month that Moussaoui was not cooperating with Patterson, and said she might send him for a 90-day examination at a federal prison psychiatric facility in North Carolina. That could throw off the scheduled late-September start for jury selection.
With the secrecy order, it could not be learned whether Moussaoui eventually cooperated with Patterson or whether the judge was still considering the additional evaluation.
Brinkema said the report would be sent to prosecutors after portions revealing defense strategy or attorney-client information are deleted. Moussaoui's original defense team will remain on the case until they are dismissed by the judge.
Meanwhile, a San Diego attorney hired by Moussaoui's mother wants to persuade Moussaoui to abandon plans to represent himself.
Randall Hamud said Moussaoui's desire to be his own lawyer is ``a one-way ticket to the death chamber.''
Moussaoui's activities before Sept. 11 have been highlighted in a memo to FBI Director Robert Mueller. Coleen Rowley, counsel in the Minneapolis field office, wrote that agents there were frustrated by FBI headquarters when they wanted to search Moussaoui's computer.
Moussaoui, whose flying lessons aroused suspicions, was detained on immigration violations in mid-August and was in custody on Sept. 11.