NATIVO LOPEZ, MAPA CHIEF, MENTAL INCOMPETENCY DECISION RESCINDED, TRIAL SET
March 10, 2011, was a tumultuous day for Mexican American Political Association (MAPA) President Nativo Lopez. Based upon a report by Los Angeles psychiatrist Jack Rothberg and because of Nativo’s continued refusal at the Superior Court hearing to agree to unconditionally cooperate in further evaluation at Gateways Hospital and Mental Health Center in Los Angeles, Judge George Lomeli remanded Lopez to Patton State Hospital for a maximum of three years.
Nativo was then handcuffed and removed from the courtroom by Sheriff’s deputies. http://www.opposingviews.com/i/judge-sends-mapa-prez-nativo-lopez-to-men...
MAPA’s Orange County office soon issued the following notice:
"Nativo was placed into custody today for defending himself with valid legal language, the psychiatrist doing the medical examination didn't like the language that he used and presented a negative report.”
Later in the day, Judge Lomeli received a revised opinion from Dr. Rothberg, stating that he believes Nativo Lopez is competent to stand trial. The judge then set trial for April 14, 2011, on eight felony charges related to voter fraud. http://www.opposingviews.com/i/nativo-lopez-indicted-by-grand-jury-jailed