OGDEN -- Shortly after opening his mouth, a defendant was granted the psychological exams he seemed to be asking for Wednesday in 2nd District Court.
Bryant Wright stood alone and handcuffed at the podium for his status conference before Judge W. Brent West, humming tunes and singing quietly to himself.
When the judge asked him how he wanted to proceed, he answered enthusiastically, "I'm running for mayor, man."
After a few more disjointed exchanges, the judge, without being asked, appointed two mental health professionals to determine Wright's competency to stand trial.
"Thanks for beaming me up, Scotty," Wright said, the reference to the "Star Trek" TV series, seemingly in response to the coming psych probes. Wright resumed singing to himself as he was led out of the courtroom after the roughly 15-second appearance. West set a June 15 review hearing.
According to court records, at Wright's April 18 arraignment public defenders found he did not qualify for a public defender and could afford his own attorney. An April 20 hearing to report on his progress hiring a lawyer had been continued to Wednesday, court records said, because he had caused a disruption at the county jail that precluded his transport to the April 20 hearing.
Wright, 20, of Roy, was arrested April 14 after an officer responded to a call about youths smoking marijuana behind a restaurant on Riverdale Road.
Found with marijuana in his possession, according to charging documents, Wright offered to bribe Riverdale Officer Brandon Peterson, who was driving him to jail, first with $1,000, then $1,200 in an incident captured on video with audio by the patrol car's in-car camera.
The possession and paraphernalia charges filed against Wright are both misdemeanors, while the "attempted bribery to influence official or political actions" is a second-degree felony, carrying a one-to-15-year prison term.
Riverdale police said Wright is well-known to them and had been arrested just a week earlier on another marijuana offense. Upon his release from jail for that arrest, Wright and his friend came to the Riverdale police station to pick up personal property held there from the arrest. He was dressed as Superman, the friend as Batman.
Veteran defense attorney Roy Cole witnessed Wright's actions Wednesday and happened to be in the Riverdale Justice Court for another Wright hearing Monday on the other drug offense. Cole was impressed enough to write down some of the performance.
"He recited a poem: 'Of this court there would be no need if you would please give me back my weed.' " Cole said he had a chance conversation with Wright's mother after the Riverdale hearing. "She said he won't talk to anybody, but he's sandbagging. He's not crazy. He's faking it."