Former OK state Sen. Gene Stipe’s mental competence could have significant ramifications beyond an effort to revoke his probation. A recent indictment against him on new charges also could be affected. Stipe’s competence is being questioned after a federal judge said Monday that a prison psychologist found Stipe to be incompetent.
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U.S. District Judge Ronald White made the statement during a 20-minute hearing on a defense motion to delay the octogenarian’s mental competency hearing. Stipe’s lead attorney, Clark Brewster, requested the hearing, saying he received Dr. Robert Denney’s report on Stipe only last week. Brewster said that didn’t give him ample time to study it and find expert witnesses who might possibly challenge the report’s conclusions.