Man throws knife at judge in court

March 11, 2009 8:07:47 AM PDT
A man who threw a knife at a judge in his Pennsylvania courtroom is on trial, with the focus on whether he is mentally competent to be convicted. Terry Lee Rehm hurled a 13-inch meat knife at York County Judge Michael Brillhart on July 6, 2006. The knife flew about 50 feet, hitting a wooden panel wall and just missing the judge and a court employee.

Rehm's attorney, Thomas Korey Leslie, told the jury on Tuesday he doesn't dispute what happened. But, he said, Rehm "had no idea what he was doing."

Prosecutors concede that Rehm is mentally ill but say he does not meet the legal insanity definition.

Brillhart had sentenced Rehm to prison in 2004 for accosting a woman in a stenographer room at the courthouse.

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Information from: York Daily Record, http://www.ydr.com

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