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Good Enough for Government Work

Filed under: Crime,Government — DRJ @ 12:14 am

[Guest post by DRJ]

Can a person claim to be competent enough to run a $6 million government budget, while also claiming he is not competent to handle his personal affairs? Yes, he can:

“District Clerk Gilbert Sanchez’s mental competency hearing will be Friday, according to court records.

The hearing will be before U.S. District Judge Frank Montalvo. He ordered Sanchez to undergo a psychiatric examination after Sanchez asked for a postponement of his criminal trial because he is unable to properly assist his lawyers.

Sanchez, 42, said in a previous interview that he is mentally and physically exhausted because of the stress of his re-election campaign and his upcoming trial on conspiracy charges. Election Day is Tuesday and Sanchez is scheduled to stand trial May 3.
Sanchez, though saying he is not competent for a trial, said he is ready and able to continue as a top administrator of the court system. As district clerk, Sanchez supervises 110 employees and oversees an office with a $6 million annual budget.”

Sanchez and his co-defendant, a former county judge, are charged with conspiring to fix a court contract.


6 Responses to “Good Enough for Government Work”

  1. betcha he gets re-elected……

    redc1c4 (fb8750)

  2. betcha he ain’t GOP …

    Alasdair (205079)

  3. It’s like nominating a tax cheat to head the IRS . . .


    Icy Texan (6a2a76)

  4. Sounds like more than a few court clerks I’ve known. Seriously. I know a very busy motion judge, with three clerks assigned to him — one of them has a severe mental condition (or personality disorder) and he needs medication to function but does not function all that well all the time. ADA?

    nk (db4a41)

  5. And wasn’t there a Presidential candidate, back in the Dark Ages (seventies), who went for inpatient psychiatric care after the campaign? I think he was from Minnesota which kind of says something too.

    nk (db4a41)

  6. Maybe he has a crackerjack staff and he just needs to remember to sign stuff in between bugs bunny re-runs

    Steve G (7d4c78)

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