Mental competency hearing for Idaho congressional candidate Clinkingbeard delayed until after primary election

First District Democrat Cynthia Clinkingbeard was to have had a hearing before 4th District Magistrate Kevin Swain on Friday, to determine whether she is able to participate in her defense on felony aggravated assault charges.

But the hearing has been moved to June 6, after the May 15 primary contest between her and former NFL player Jimmy Farris. Clinkingbeard has apparently suspended any active campaign, though her name will appear on the ballot.

She told me late last month that her lawyer, Bret Shoufler, advised her not to comment.

Shoufler did not immediately reply to a phone call Monday requesting comment, nor did he reply to a message left on April 25.

Earlier in April, Shoufler told Swain that Clinkinbeard was likely in a “hypo-manic state” during a March 16 incident at a Staples store. Clinkingbeard was inquiring about printing campaign posters and is alleged to have threatened employees with a handgun.

A preliminary hearing won't be held until after Swain reviews the mental health evaluation.

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It doesn't take SIX MONTHS to perform a mental evaluation!

It's not about the race in my mind, she's got no chance to go down that road now.

It's about a fair trial and due process in the legal system. Get the evaluation done NOW! It affects the level of proecution that can happen against her and furthermore, it delays proper treatment.

As if they didn't learn anything from the condiment killer, Grandma Mayo...

Your government says we make this up. They help quite a bit.

GET TO WORK!

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Vote her in! Then sit back

Vote her in!
Then sit back and watch the s4!t show!

Sounds like a good idea to me...

Let's make a mental competency hearing for Idaho congressional candidates a requirement to run for office. Also would be funny to vote her in. Couldn't be any worse then what's already in there or what will probably be voted in.

If she was a republican

this thread would have 400 posts.

Like the Bookinator lady.

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"foreignoregonian" is not anonymous

It is my identity and my philosophy

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Congressional candidate? Seriously?

Her candidacy is merely incidental to the real story here and the Statesman would do us all a favor if they would stop trying to sensationalize it. She has no serious chance to win this election and has no credible campaign. We are all lucky no one was seriously hurt, especially those allegedly threatened. Let's hope justice is served and she gets whatever help she needs but this is no longer a political story.

A-MEN and you get the first spot in the potluck line.

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"foreignoregonian" is not anonymous

It is my identity and my philosophy

Would you prefer everyone to be called 'Poster'?