Tom Girardi was declared competent to stand trial despite his Alzheimer and dementia diagnoses. This ruling means he will have to face a jury on criminal contempt and wire fraud charges in California. His estranged wife Erika Jayne has spoken out about the situation, saying that she is still mourning their marriage despite the legal issues.
Despite being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and dementia, disbarred attorney Tom Girardi has been declared competent to stand trial on criminal contempt and wire fraud charges in California, which has also affected his estranged wife Erika Jayne.
Tom Girardi, the disbarred attorney, has been declared competent to stand trial despite being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and dementia in 2021. U.S. District Judge Josephine L. Stanton announced the decision on Tuesday, January 2. Despite his medical condition, the 84-year-old will have to face a jury on criminal contempt and wire fraud charges in Orange County, California, as well as separate federal charges in Chicago. Before this decision was made, Girardi reportedly showed an outburst during a mental competency hearing in September 2023.
Girardi’s legal struggles have also impacted his estranged wife, Erika Jayne. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star announced the end of their marriage in November 2020. Following their split, the couple was named in a class action lawsuit accusing Girardi’s former law firm of misusing funds designated for the families of plane crash victims. The legal issues have brought a significant amount of stress and emotional turmoil to both Jayne and Girardi.
In an exclusive interview with Us in October 2023, Jayne revealed that she is still dealing with the legal aftermath of her marriage. She expressed her desire to move on but admitted that discussing her marriage opens up old wounds, and the pain of going through that continues to affect her. Jayne also added that Girardi’s health has been declining and that he now lives in a memory care facility.
Despite the difficulties surrounding their separation, Jayne disclosed in a May 2022 appearance that she was still mourning the end of their long relationship. She emphasized that even though their marriage ended in a high-profile and dramatic manner, the feelings of loss and sadness are very real for her. These revelations provide insight into the personal turmoil that the former couple continues to face as they navigate the legal and emotional aftermath of their relationship.