Would-be California militant Nicholas Teausant is schizophrenic, lawyer says

Nicholas Teausant

(Reuters) – A California man accused of trying to cross into Canada to eventually join the Islamic State militant group has been diagnosed as schizophrenic, his lawyer said Wednesday.

Nicholas Teausant, 21, was arrested in March as he allegedly headed to the border in hopes of joining Islamic State, which controls large areas of Iraq and Syria and has claimed responsibility for beheading Western hostages.

“We informed the court that we had a doubt about his ability to understand the nature of the proceeding against him,” Assistant Federal Defender Benjamin Galloway said Wednesday.

At a hearing in federal court in Sacramento on Tuesday, Galloway requested a formal competency evaluation for Teausant. The evaluation was not opposed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jean Hobler, and if approved by the court is expected to be conducted this winter.

On Wednesday, Galloway said he had received a report commissioned by the Federal Public Defender’s office on Teausant’s mental health, which diagnosed him with schizophrenia…

Another case of a mentally ill person being attracted to Islam.

  • Martin B

    Islam and insanity, shit and stink, pestilence and death.

  • mobuyus

    Like fetid flies to feces.

  • winniec

    Were high-ranking Nazis ‘insane’? Were Lenin, Trosky and Stalin ‘insane’? Were Mao, Ho Chi Minh and Castro ‘insane’? Did they murder millions because they were ‘insane’? Are the ISIS combatants ‘insane’? Is some who accepts a violent ideology ‘insane’? They are certainly deluded, perhaps self-deluded. To believe that one should imitate Mohammed, an apparently mentally ill sociopath is a TOXIC DELUSION.

    • Frau Katze

      No, they’re largely not insane. But I have noticed that some fraction of CONVERTS have mental problems.

  • Pete_Brewster

    Or of a lawyer being a bloody liar. Teausant knew exactly what he was doing. He just doesn’t want to go upstate for 15 years.

    • Frau Katze

      Look at his photo. He is very odd looking. He doesn’t look all there to me.

  • Minicapt

    JustinT’s soul-mate?


  • Sir Barrington Minge

    Is it me or do these “converts” all seem to have mental problems?
    Thinking about it it becomes clear that Islam is a refuge for the mentally retarded

  • G

    schizophrenic? Perhaps.
    No girlfriend dork? Absolutely.

    “I’ll show you football team bullies! I’ll go to Syria and fight with Isis and be tough and get 72 virgins with big tits and…”

    “Yeah, yeah, whatever, back in the locker bitch.”

  • James Hamilton

    ‘Mohammed’ the biggest schizophrenic of all.