Seattle Law Student Accused of Stalking Taylor Swift Deemed Mentally Unfit for Trial

Seattle law student, David Crowe, accused of stalking pop singer Taylor Swift, has been found mentally unfit for trial, according to his attorney, Katherine LeGeros Bajuk. Crowe, 33, was scheduled to appear in Manhattan criminal court for a hearing related to his repeated lurking outside Swift’s New York apartment. However, the results of a recent court-ordered mental health evaluation have kept him detained at Rikers Island.

At least two psychiatrists evaluated Crowe and concluded that he was “not fit to proceed,” both based on the evaluation and a review of his criminal record, stated Bajuk. Despite the 11-page report being provided to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, they have not agreed to transfer Crowe to a mental health facility. As a result, he will remain in jail until at least Friday when another hearing is scheduled.

Bajuk expressed her disappointment, highlighting the prolonged detention of individuals found mentally unfit. “In some cases, we have clients who sit in jail for months and months and months after they’ve been found not fit,” she said. “It’s just a shame. The doctors, director of the clinic, and psychiatrist of the clinic deemed that he is not fit to proceed based on meeting with him.”

The mental health evaluation was ordered by a judge after Crowe was arrested for repeatedly lurking outside Swift’s Tribeca apartment, violating a court order issued on January 22. This incident marked the third time he was taken into custody on her street that week, with reports suggesting he had been staking out the singer’s apartment approximately 30 times since November.

Crowe’s most recent arrest occurred shortly after being released from court, where a judge had ordered him to stay away from Swift. Caught on camera rummaging through a dumpster outside her apartment, he was reported to local police by Swift’s security team. Crowe is currently held at Rikers on $100,000 bail for contempt, as he intentionally violated the court order.

Meanwhile, Taylor Swift made headlines at the 2024 Grammy Awards, winning her record-breaking fourth Album of the Year award for “Midnights.” During her acceptance speech, she announced the upcoming release of her new album, “The Tortured Poets Department,” scheduled for April 19.

 

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1 Response

  1. “The greatest tragedy of mental illness is not the suffering it causes, but the stigma that silences those who need help the most.”

    This quote resonates with the post because it highlights the importance of understanding and addressing mental health issues. In this case, the accused individual has been found mentally unfit for trial, indicating that he may require treatment and support rather than punishment. The quote reminds us that mental illness should not be stigmatized, but rather recognized as a genuine condition that requires compassion and appropriate

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