BRIAN BARNETT DUFF, UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
On January 13, 1988 a grand jury indicted John Sherman of one count of attempted bank fraud and one count of conspiracy, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 1344 and 371 (1982), respectively. Magistrate Joan Lefkow conducted Sherman's arraignment, at which time Sherman moved under 18 U.S.C. § 4241(a) (1984 Supp.) for a hearing to determine his competency to understand the nature and consequences of the proceedings against him and to assist in his defense. The magistrate granted Sherman's motion and ordered a psychiatric/psychological examination under id., § 4241(b). Sherman was examined, and the examining physician filed his report discussing that examination on April 27, 1988.
Since the filing of the report, this court has held two hearings to assess Sherman's competency pursuant to id., § 4241(c). At the first hearing, held June 3, 1988, this court found that Sherman was not competent to stand trial. Sherman's examining physician indicated that the best way to treat Sherman was to give him outpatient therapy, and so this is what the court ordered. The court also asked the treating physicians to report periodically about Sherman's progress.
Unfortunately for Sherman, what the court (and originally, both parties) thought was best for all concerned may have been beyond this court's power to order. On January 6, 1989, while Sherman was being treated, the Seventh Circuit decided U.S. v. Shawar, 865 F.2d 856 (7th Cir. 1989). There the court held that once a judicial officer has found an accused to be incompetent to stand trial, the officer's sole course of action is to commit the accused to the custody of the Attorney General of the United States. See id. at 860-61; 18 U.S.C. § 4241(d) (1984 Supp.). The court held further that the accused's chances of recovering while in the custody of the Attorney General -- something which weighed heavy in this court's mind with respect to Sherman -- and the dangerousness of the accused were of no consequence to the court's duty to turn the accused over to the Attorney General once the court had found the accused to be incompetent. See Shawar, 865 F.2d at 861-63.
Prompted by Shawar, the parties briefed the issues and submitted this matter for another hearing on August 17, 1989. Based on the testimony presented at the hearings held to date and the reports of Sherman's physicians, the court finds these facts:
(1) Sherman presently suffers from a mental disease or defect which renders him mentally incompetent, to the extent that he is unable to understand the proceedings against him or to assist properly in his defense.