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Judge declares ‘serial stowaway’ unfit for trial

CHICAGO – A woman called a “serial stowaway” for repeatedly trying to sneak on a commercial aircraft without a ticket is ruled unfit for trial, a judge ruled Thursday.

Cook County Judge Maura Slattery Boyle ordered Marilyn Hartman, 66, to be sent to a secure mental health facility in Elgin, near Chicago. The ruling comes after the psychologists for the defense and prosecution recommended Harris undergo mental health.

Hartman is placed in and in the vicinity of airports dozens of times and made it on planes a half dozen times. They recently made it into the air on a flight from Chicago to London, and was subsequently charged with the offence of criminal trespass and felony burglary.

s of Hartman’s psychological evaluations read aloud in court Thursday included in a long list of her psychological problems. Psychologist Christopher Cooper described Harris as an “intelligent woman” and said that she understands the charges against her. But, he said, Harris suffers from a severe depression, delusions they will be prosecuted and a “preoccupation with the media’s attention.”

Hartman mental stability was “intermittent and seems to fluctuate from day to day,” Cooper said.

Prosecutors said Hartman tried to walk away from an interview room when she was left behind during an evaluation and was seen trying to open locked doors in a prison health facility.

Hartman’s public defender, Parliament Roe-Taylor, has argued that Harris should not be in prison because she isn’t violent and hasn’t shown she is evil in itself.

Hartman will be evaluated every 30 days to see if they are suitable for the trial. If so, its a criminal procedure is resumed. If they are not restored to the mental condition within a year she could not be guilty on account of insanity.

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