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Stipe faces a new test on mental capability

By the Associated Press Published: May 23, 2008

/> "I wouldn't think it will take a great deal of time in light of the fact that he had a stay up there in the fall and that gave the doctor a head start into the evaluation. We're willing to trust in his judgment.”

Other charges he faces
Stipe has been charged with four felony counts linked to a corruption case that involves an alleged conspiracy to obtain state funding for private businesses.

The ex-senator's brother, Francis, has pleaded guilty to the charges as part of a plea agreement that will allow him to escape prison time, if the agreement is accepted by the judge.

Gene Stipe has undergone several surgeries in recent years to reduce excessive brain fluid.

A neuropsychologist says the condition is the main reason for Stipe's symptoms of dementia. has disabled the comments for this article.