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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