Kurniawan may plead insanity in trial

8th November, 2013 by Lucy Shaw

Alleged wine counterfeiter Rudy Kurniawan may be planning an insanity defence when he stands trial in New York next month for US$1.3m worth of wine fraud.

According to Bloomberg, Kurniawan’s lawyer, Vincent Verdiramo, wrote to District Judge Richard Berman this week asking him to order the federal lockup where Kurniawan is being held to permit him to be examined by forensic psychiatrists S. Shane Konrad, M.D. and Virginia Barber-Rioja, Ph.D.

In response, assistant attorneys Jason Hernandez and Joseph Facciponti wrote to Berman asking him to hold an immediate court conference to address the issue.

“The defendant’s request suggests that he may seek to raise a defense of insanity or claim that he is not competent to stand trial,” the prosecutors said in the letter.

Bloomberg reports that Hernandez….

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