The so-called Sell hearing was ordered by District Judge Manuel L. Real on April 26 at the request of prosecutors. The federal Bureau of Prisons has issued two reports that led Real, the U.S. attorney's office and Hirsch's attorney to conclude that Hirsch is incompetent for trial, according to court documents.
If convicted on all charges—which include flight to avoid prosecution—Hirsch would face a maximum sentence of 70 years behind bars.
It was not clear from the court documents why the prison eximaners found Hirsch, 61, unfit for trial. Medical records are not typically public record.