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DEFENSE TERMS KACZYNSKI MENTALLY ILL SINCE 1959

An attorney for Theodore Kaczynski on Tuesday drew a portrait of the Unabomber suspect as a long-troubled man whose mental abnormalities were exhibited as long ago as 1959, when he was a Harvard University sophomore.

Personality tests conducted at Harvard when Kaczynski was a teen-age mathematics whiz indicated that he was showing signs of "social isolation" that presage schizophrenia, attorney Gary Sowards told U.S. District Court Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr.

Indeed, in a hearing on mental-health issues in the case, Sowards -- a death-penalty specialist -- described Kaczynski, who entered the Ivy League school at 16, as a "high-performing schizophrenic." His illness, said the San Francisco lawyer, is rooted in organic brain disorders that may run in the suspect's family.

Prosecutors, who are seeking to limit testimony about Kaczynski's mental history, said the defense had failed to demonstrate a link between Kaczynski's alleged paranoid schizophrenia and the string of bombings for which their client is on trial.

After listening to both sides, Burrell handed prosecutors a partial victory, ordering that within 10 days the defense must spell out what kind of mental evidence it plans to put on in the penalty phase of the trial if Kaczynski is found guilty.

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