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Lopez Was Hit By Train and Threatened CSX Then Judge Now Pre-Trial Q June 15 Hearing

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, May 11 – Jonathan Lopez was hit by a CSX train in Pennsylvania in 2014 and suffered traumatic brain injury. He sued, civilly. Then he drew a gun on his lawyer.   

 Soon Lopez was issuing threats on Facebook: I walk out that court room empty handed you better kill me, the true is if I can't live I'm ready to die... If [the Judge] and [the Attorney] thinks he's going to retire with my misery you misconstrue." He was criminally convicted. 

   On September 28 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Paul A. Crotty held a Violation of Supervised release proceeding. Inner City Press covered it.

  Lopez' Federal Defender showed up, but not Lopez. Judge Crotty recounted how Lopez has now written, F*ck the judge. He was asked to issue a bench warrant.  

The Federal Defender asked for one more chance.

But Judge Crotty said this was a run-around. He said to arrange for the bench warrant.

And on May 11, this: "COMPETENCY ORDER as to Jonathan Lopez. It is, therefore, hereby ORDERED, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. 4241(a), 424l(c) and 4247(d), that a competency hearing will commence on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at 11:30 AM in Courtroom 14C, 500 Pearl Street, New York, New York 10007. The Court reserves its right to order a psychiatric or psychological examination of Mr. Lopez and a report on the same prior to the hearing, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. งง 424l(b), 4247(b), and 4247(c), depending on the parties' submissions in advance of the hearing."

On May 12, Lopez' counsel filed a letter emphasizing that the Pre-Trial Services report should not be relied on for competency - unless the Court considers disclosing it to both sides. And to the public? It would be a judicial document...

The case is US v. Lopez, 19-cr-899 (Crotty)


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