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U.S. District Judge Rules Ex-Lawyer Tom Girardi Competent for Trial Amidst Legal Battles

U.S. District Judge Josephine L. Staton has ruled that former attorney Tom Girardi, currently facing legal challenges, is deemed competent to stand trial, as reported by various sources. The decision was detailed in an order filed on Tuesday, which, as per The Los Angeles Times, is currently under seal.

The sealing is temporary, allowing both legal teams to identify and request confidentiality for sensitive information, such as health records. This development follows Girardi being charged by a federal jury in California almost a year ago with five counts of wire fraud, accused of embezzling over $15 million from multiple legal clients in February 2023.

In addition to the California charges, Girardi faced a federal grand jury indictment in Chicago the same month, accused of fraudulently obtaining over $3 million in settlement funds intended for the families affected by the 2018 Lion Air Flight 610 crash.

The charges against Girardi include eight counts of wire fraud and four counts of criminal contempt. Two other individuals from his law firm, Girardi Keese, David R. Lira, and Christopher K. Kamon, were also charged with 12 criminal counts.

Girardi, who was disbarred by the State Bar of California in July 2022, has been residing in a “restricted memory care unit” in an assisted living facility since October 2022, following a diagnosis of dementia and late-onset Alzheimer’s disease in March 2021.

Court records revealed that his younger brother, Robert Girardi, became his official conservator in July 2021 due to his dementia diagnosis, classified as a “major neurocognitive disorder.” Girardi is currently in the midst of divorce proceedings with Erika Jayne, a star from Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

Amidst Girardi’s declining mental state, a competency hearing was initiated in June 2023, during which he directed offensive language toward Assistant U.S. Attorney Ali Moghaddas. The incident was reported to U.S. District Judge Josephine L. Staton, with Moghaddas informing the court that Girardi had verbally attacked him. Although the remark was reportedly not audible in the courtroom, Girardi’s legal team did not dispute the accusation.

ASHLIE BLAKEY
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Ashlie is a senior reporter for the TosBos News. She covers live and breaking news from 6 am every day. Ashlie joined the M.E.N. in 2019 having previously worked for Cavendish Press news agency.
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