Judge Royce Lamberth ordered that Chansley, who is from Fénix, Ariz., undergo a “competency examination” in the next 30 days that will determine whether he is “presently suffering from a mental disease or defect rendering him mentally incompetent to the extent that he is unable to understand the nature and consequences of the proceedings against him.”
He wrote in an apology letter that he and others were “having a very difficult time piecing together all that happened to us, around us, and by us.”
“We are good people who care deeply about our country,” Chansley wrote from jail.
Albert Watkins, Chansley’s attorney, gave a controversial interview to Talking Points Memo this week in which he said his client has Asperger’s syndrome.
“A lot of these defendants — and I’m going to use this colloquial term, perhaps disrespectfully — but they’re all fu—– short-bus people. These are people with brain damage, they’re fu—– retarded, they’re on the god—- spectrum,” Watkins told Talking Points Memo.
“But they’re our brothers, our sisters, our neighbors, our coworkers — they’re part of our country,” él agregó.
Watkins did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday.
Chansley lost 20 pounds after not eating for nine days when he was first arrested because the jail he was in did not have organic food, Watkins previously said in court.
The judge eventually ordered authorities to provide Chansley with an organic diet, which Watkins said Chansley considers to be part of his “shamanic belief system and way of life.”
Chansley was originally arrested on Jan. 9 on charges of knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building without lawful authority, as well as violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.