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DEFENSE MAY CLAIM KACZYNSKI SUFFERS FROM SCHIZOPHRENIA

Prosecutors in the Unabomber case filed court documents late Tuesday revealing that the defense may claim Theodore Kaczynski suffers from paranoid schizophrenia.

U.S. District Judge Garland Burrell Jr. had given the defense time to hand over to the government information about any mental disease or defect Kaczynski might claim to have. The defense is seeking strict limits on the government's mental examination of Kaczynski.

Prosecution spokeswoman Leesa Brown confirmed Tuesday that the defense had provided details on Kaczynski's possible mental claims, as ordered by Burrell. She declined to elaborate.

A phone call after office hours to defense lawyers Quin Denvir and Judy Clarke was not immediately returned.

Paranoid schizophrenia is associated with delusional feelings of being persecuted or plotted against. Individuals may think they are the target of a plot, or that other people are "out to get them."

According to the definition of the disease in a manual of psychiatric disorders, "the combination of persecutory and grandiose delusions with anger may predispose the individual to violence."

Kaczynski, 55, faces trial Nov. 12 on a 10-count federal indictment charging him with four California bombings, two of them fatal.

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