That's what Judge Scola must be feeling about the "Pakistani Taliban case." Curt Anderson covers the recent issues here:
A once high-profile federal prosecution of an elderly Muslim cleric and one of his sons on terrorism finance charges has become bogged down in questions over the imam's mental stability and a legal fight over the testimony of defense witnesses who refuse to leave Pakistan, according to court records and interviews.
U.S. District Judge Robert Scola said in a recent order there is "bona fide doubt" regarding 77-year-old Hafiz Khan's mental fitness to stand trial. Prosecutors say Khan, imam at a downtown Miami mosque, was the ringleader of a group in the U.S. and Pakistan that funneled tens of thousands of dollars to the Pakistani Taliban terror group.
Details about Khan's mental issues were not provided in court documents, but he has appeared frail in court appearances and also suffered several physical health problems while in custody. If he is ultimately ruled incompetent for trial, under federal law Khan would undergo at least four months of treatment before a determination could be made on whether his competency might ever be restored.
Assistant U.S. Attorney John Shipley said in a court document filed Wednesday the government does not oppose a psychological evaluation of Khan, but he added that any evidence of mental problems so far is "unsupported and bare-bones, providing no detail at all." The test for competency in federal court is whether a person can effectively consult with his or her lawyer and can understand the legal proceedings involved.
The mental instability issue cropped up after prosecutors abruptly announced in June the dismissal of all charges against Irfan Khan, the elder of Hafiz Khan's sons. The younger son, Izhar, who is also a South Florida imam, remains jailed along with his father on charges of providing material support to terrorists that carry potential maximum prison sentences of 15 years for each count. Both have pleaded not guilty.