Judge to Decide Competency of Charity Founder


Lawyer Scott Cox says Curtis wants to put the case behind him.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A federal judge will rule next week on whether the founder of the food charity USA Harvest is competent to face charges that he used money from the organization for personal expenses.

The attorney for 63-year-old Hugh "Stan" Curtis says if U.S. Magistrate Judge Dave Whalin finds that his client has the mental capacity to understand the charges against him, that a guilty plea could quickly follow.

Lawyer Scott Cox says Curtis wants to put the case behind him.

On Friday, Whalin set a Nov. 14 hearing date to disclose his ruling. Earlier in the day, Whalin heard from two psychiatrists who reached divergent opinions about the mental status of Curtis.

Curtis is charged with taking $183,354 from the charity and charging another $370,000 in personal travel expenses.


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