Hear­ing on sta­tus to be held in Jan­uary


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As proof that Barnes was in­ca­pable of rep­re­sent­ing clients, As­sis­tant County At­tor­ney Kevin Stryker noted that a judge al­ready had de­ter­mined that she was un­able to stand trial in the crim­i­nal case against her be­cause of her men­tal state. Her in­com­pe­tency sta­tus was re­cently reaf­firmed in an Au­gust hear­ing in state district court in which she was recom­mit­ted to the state hospi­tal for up to an­other year.

Barnes has ap­proached the equa­tion from the op­po­site end.

She has con­tended that be­cause she’d been per­mit­ted to con­tinue prac­tic­ing law, she could not pos­si­bly be con­sid­ered in­com­pe­tent to stand trial — a de­ter­mi­na­tion that finds a de­fen­dant in­ca­pable of un­der­stand­ing the charges and un­able to par­tic­i­pate in his or her own de­fense.

Ac­cord­ing to both Barnes and Arnold, Barnes’ treat­ment team at Ker­rville has re­cently de­ter­mined that she is now com­pe­tent to stand trial. Barnes said she ex­pects a judge to

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