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Judge May Reject Attempt To Withdraw Guilty Pleas In San Bernadino Terror Case

The Sun-


Riverside resident Enrique Marquez Jr. likely has lost his attempt to withdraw the guilty pleas he made two years ago to charges related to supplying the AR-style rifles used to kill 14 people and wound 22 others in the 2015 terrorist attack in San Bernardino.

U.S. District Court Judge Jesus G. Bernal said Friday, Jan. 31, that he was inclined to deny Marquez’s motion. Bernal said he would issue a written ruling on an unspecified date.

Bernal’s statement came after two days of testimony from two psychiatrists who examined Marquez, 28. They concluded he has Autism Spectrum Disorder, which affects how a person acts, and Bipolar Disorder 2, which causes cyclical depression. The doctors also said Marquez is high functioning, is capable of showing insight, has digested Dostoevsky novels and has an IQ in the 97th percentile.

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