Erika Jayne‘s estranged husband and former famed attorney tom girardi competency has been found mentally competent to stand trial despite previously being diagnosed with Alzheimers disease.
Tom Girardi competency, who is accused of stealing millions of dollars from his clients, is mentally sound enough to go before a jury for his alleged crimes, according to a new report from The Los Angeles.
In court filing on Friday, prosecutors revealed that neuropsychologist, Diana Goldstein, “has concluded her examination and opined, among other things, that [Girardi] is competent to stand trial.”
As for why and how Goldstein came to that conclusion is unknown as her findings were “filed under seal and partly redacted by Girardi’s attorneys.” Even prosecutors do not have full access to the document with Goldstein’s findings.
However, the declaration that Tom Girardi is mentally fit undercuts claims from his inner circle that the famed attorney’s crimes were a result of his dwindling mental capacity due to dementia and Alzheimers.
Tom Girardi’s attorneys are not giving up the fight just yet. They have hired to experts to independently evaluate Tom however their findings have not be disclosed to date.
The 84-year-old is “accused of federal wire fraud charges and other counts in two jurisdictions — Los Angeles and Chicago” in connection the misappropriation of $18 million dollars in client settlement funds.
People close to Tom Girardi have claimed that he has suffered from dementia for years while inhibited his ability to understand the changes against or know what happened to the millions of dollars that belonged to clients of his now-defunct Girardi Keese law firm.
In January 2021, Tom was diagnosed with Alzheimers and was placed in a conservatorship overseen by his younger brother. Tom currently lives in a memory care facility.
This all came just months after Tom’s house of cards collapsed in December 2020 which is why many have questioned Tom’s diagnosis. In the weeks and days leading up to Girardi Keese crumbling, Tom was running the firm and working with clients on a daily basis with no signs on mental struggle.
Many, including the California State Bar, were suspicious that Tom Girardi was faking his dementia in order to escape prosecution for his alleged crimes. The State Bar of California noted in one filing that claims of Tom’s mental capacity issues “only after [Girardi] became enmeshed in mounting legal troubles.”
Tom was disbarred in 2022.
A hearing on Tom’s mental competency as well as a review of experts’ medical findings is set for August 3.
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Confirming Tom Girardi’s competency means that he is deemed mentally capable to stand trial.
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