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United States v. Ormsbee

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK


March 9, 2006

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
v.
ROBERT J. ORMSBEE, DEFENDANT.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Scullin, Chief Judge

ORDER

On November 3, 2005, Magistrate Judge Lowe ordered Defendant Robert J. Ormsbee committed to the custody of the Attorney General of the United States for a psychiatric/psychological examination to determine his mental competency pursuant to 18 U.S.C. §§ 4241, 4247. See Dkt. No. 7.

On January 24, 2006, Magistrate Judge Lowe received a forensic report from Dr. Christine Scronce, Ph.D., a forensic psychologist at the Federal Medical Center, in Devens, Massachusetts. See Dkt. No. 8.*fn1 In her report, Dr. Scronce concluded, among other things, that Defendant "does not presently suffer from a mental disease or defect rendering him unable to understand the nature and consequences of the proceedings against him, or to assist properly in his defense." See id. at 8-9.*fn2 Magistrate Judge Lowe promptly made this report available to the Government and to Defendant's counsel.

Having concluded that Defendant had received an adequate psychological examination, Magistrate Judge Lowe held a competency hearing on February 2, 2006, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. §§ 4241(c) and 4247(d), at which he heard from the Government, Defendant's counsel and Defendant.

On February 7, 2006, Magistrate Judge Lowe issued a Report-Recommendation, in which he found that, based upon his personal observations of Defendant as well as Dr. Scronce's report, "Defendant does not suffer from either a mental disease or defect that renders him mentally incompetent to the extent that he is unable to understand the nature and consequences of the proceedings against him or to assist properly in his defense." See Report-Recommendation, dated February 7, 2006, at 3. He also noted that "at the hearing, Government counsel, defense counsel, and Defendant agreed with this finding." See id. Therefore, he recommended that this Court make the same finding.

After carefully considering Magistrate Judge Lowe's February 7, 2006 Report-Recommendation, the relevant parts of the record, and the applicable law, and the parties having filed no objections to the Report-Recommendation, the Court hereby

ORDERS that Magistrate Judge Lowe's Report-Recommendation, dated February 7, 2006, is ADOPTED in its entirety for the reasons stated therein; and the Court further

ORDERS that the prosecution of this matter shall proceed based upon the Court's finding that Defendant Ormsbee is competent to proceed; and the Court further

ORDERS that the parties shall file any motions on or before April 3, 2006, and shall make these motions returnable on May 12, 2006; and the Court further

ORDERS that, if the parties do not file any motions, the trial of this matter will commence on April 10, 2006.

IT IS SO ORDERED.


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