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DIPASQUALE'S LAWYERS URGE QUICK MENTAL EVALUATION

Attorneys for Vincent J. DiPasquale, the man accused last week of a City Hall hatchet attack, will ask in City Court today for a faster mental evaluation to determine if their client is competent to participate in his own defense.

Thomas Eoannou and Patrick Kane requested the hearing during an appearance Tuesday before City Judge Shirley Troutman after prosecutors informed the court that doctors at Erie County Medical Center want to examine DiPasquale for three weeks.

The defense lawyers, who requested a psychiatric evaluation, contend it should not take that long to complete.

DiPasquale, 56, of Merrimac Street was charged with assault and possession of a weapon after he attacked Buffalo School Board member Anthony J. Luppino with a hatchet July 15. The attack occurred in the City Hall Office of Environment, where Luppino works as a planner.

Luppino was treated for a two-inch gash on his forehead.

DiPasquale reportedly was disgruntled because he was passed over for appointment to a new environmental steering committee.

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