Day 1: Stanford Competency Hearing
by: Andrew Schneider, December 20, 2011 8:12:00 pm
The prosecution opened its case calling as a witness Dr. Robert Cochrane, the forensic psychologist at the North Carolina federal prison where Stanford spent more than eight months undergoing addiction treatment and medical and psychological testing.
Cochrane testified that Stanford had issues that might require accommodation during an extended trial. He suffers from insomnia and fatigue, as well as a variety of serious illnesses — including hepatitis B, cirrhosis of the liver, and heart ailments.
But on the main defense point, that Stanford was rendered mentally incapable of assisting in his own defense, Cochrane was adamant. He said it was highly unlikely the blunt head trauma Stanford suffered in a jailhouse assault could have caused the near total amnesia of events prior to the beating Stanford claimed.