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Sirens & Gavels

State wanted case halted for mental issue

A woman who lives as a man, including wearing a full beard she previously described as a public display of her activism, was ruled competent Tuesday to stand trial on the charge of assaulting a police officer in 2009.

 Prosecutors are disappointed.

Yes, you read that right.

In a reversal of the norm, it wasn’t a defense attorney or even the defendant, Joseph Ali Bin Muhammad – formerly Paula K. Reynolds-Eblacas, 45who asked to avoid prosecution by a ruling of mental incompetence.

Read the rest of Tom Clouse's story here.

Past coverage:

Dec. 14: Fugitive since February jailed on $50k bond

Aug. 11, 2009: Bearded woman back in court



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