Judge Rules John Cusack’s Accused Stalker Competent
First Published: August 13, 2008 4:26 PM EDT Credit: Focus Features
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- A judge says a woman accused of stalking John Cusack is competent to stand trial, but cannot represent herself.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Susan M. Speer made her ruling Wednesday afternoon based on a psychiatrist’s evaluation of Emily Leatherman. The 33-year old was arrested earlier this year outside of the actor’s home.
The judge made his ruling based on the recommendation of a court-appointed psychiatrist who evaluated Leatherman and said she was “delusional” and “paranoid.”
Leatherman sobbed in court and repeatedly talked over Speer, prompting the judge to issue her several warnings. The judge appointed an attorney to represent Leatherman during her trial, which she says can begin Sept. 9.
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