Former journalist charged with vandalizing Beth Israel with anti-Jewish graffiti is deemed unfit to stand trial.

By Jonathan Levinson (OPB)

A man charged with a series of bias crimes in Multnomah County, which include setting fire to a mosque and vandalizing two Jewish synagogues, has been ruled unfit to stand trial.

Michael Bivins was initially evaluated last summer and it was determined he could stand trial. It’s not clear from sealed court records what prompted the reversal but in the intervening months, he sent several letters to the judge presiding over his case. In them, Bivins says God told him that his lawyer is a “grave robbing ghoul” and baby killer. He also wrote that he no longer recognizes the authority of the federal government.

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