Lynnette “Squeaky” Fromme’s competency was evaluated after she sought to represent herself in the 1975 attempted murder of President Gerald Ford. Under the legal standard at the time, one had to be nearly “a babbling idiot” to be found incompetent, in the words of the prosecuting attorney. In May 2014, nearly 40 years later, the Sacramento Bee won release of the audiotapes of her competency examination by psychiatrist James Richmond, who found her competent both to stand trial and to represent herself. Fromme boycotted much of the trial after the judge refused her request to call Charles Manson as a witness. She was sentenced to life imprisonment, and served 34 years in prison before being paroled in 2009. In 2014, the Sacramento Bee won release of the audiotapes of her competency evaluation.
THE COMPETENCY AUDIOTAPES (courtesy Sacramento Bee)