Lee Was Declared Mentally Competent After First Montgomery Co. Arrest | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Lee Was Declared Mentally Competent After First Montgomery Co. Arrest

Play associated audio

By Jonathan Wilson

Two days after police in Montgomery County, Maryland, fatally shot a man threatening hostages in downtown Silver Spring, more details are emerging about the man's past.

43-year-old James J. Lee, who took hostages in the lobby of the Discovery Channel's headquarters, had his first run-in with the law in California.

While living in San Diego, in 2003, Lee was convicted of smuggling illegal immigrants into the country.

Two years ago, in Maryland, Lee was charged with disorderly conduct for staging a protest of Discovery Channel programming outside the headquarters in Silver Spring.

Montgomery County State's Attorney John McCarthy says Lee served 10 days in prison.

"At the time of his arraignment, a local judge, Eugene Wolf, ordered him to be evaluated," says McCarthy.

He says, Joseph Poirier, the doctor who performed the psychiatric evaluation, found no evidence of mental health issues at the time, and declared Lee competent to stand trial.

"He reported during his evaluation to Doctor Poirier that he'd never been under the care of a psychiatrist and never received assistance for psychiatric issues in the past," he says.

Lee was also placed on probation and ordered to stay away from the Discovery building.

That probation ended two weeks before Lee took hostages in the building's lobby.

NPR

Ruth Rendell Dies, Pioneered The Psychological Thriller

The British mystery writer was known for her Inspector Wexford series and in her later years became active in Labour Party politics. NPR's Petra Mayer has this remembrance.
NPR

'Bourbon Empire' Reveals The Smoke And Mirrors Of American Whiskey

A new book suggests that tall tales on craft bourbon labels are the rule rather than the exception. They're just one example of a slew of "carefully cultivated myths" created by the bourbon industry.
NPR

Site Using Candidate Carly Fiorina's Name Attacks Her Record At HP

The site, carlyfiorina.org, says the Republican presidential candidate laid off 30,000 people while she ran Hewlett-Packard. Fiorina does not deny the figure but says, overall, the firm created jobs.
NPR

People's Republic Of Uber: Making Friends, Chauffeuring People In China

Uber is becoming more popular in China, but many drivers say they don't do it for the money. They say they like the human connection and the freedom.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.