Synagogue Bombing Trial on Hold

| January 4, 2012

Ron Hirsch, indicted on charges that he planted a bomb at a Santa Monica Hebrew school in April and then fled to Ohio, remains in federal custody awaiting further psychiatric evaluations.

An earlier evaluation in October found him incompetent to stand trial, and he was ordered hospitalized for four months. At that time, the federal Bureau of Prisons was asked to prepare a report addressing whether Hirsch's competency had been restored, allowing him to stand trial.

But the federal medical center in Butner, NC, where Hirsch will be examined next, is backlogged, the U.S. Marshals Service told his defense attorney in December. Hirsch, who is being held in Oklahoma City, is now scheduled to arrive in North Carolina on Jan. 13, according to court records.

His trial in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles was set to begin Aug. 30, but it was continued at the request of both federal prosecutors and Hirsch's attorney.

They sought more time for the mental evaluation, as well as time to review evidence in the case.

Their request to postpone the trial raised the question of whether the approximately 250-pound pipe bomb Hirsch allegedly planted at the Chabad House Lubavitch of Santa Monica is actually an explosive device. Nearly all of the charges Hirsch faces center on the use of fire or explosives.

 

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