All of this needs to be brought to the attention of her criminal defense attorney. That attorney will need o subpoena all of her medical records , hire a medical expert to review and evaluate them, and obtain the testimony of her treating physicians.
In situations such as the one you are describing, it is usually appropriate for the attorney to have a full psychiatric evaluation done of the cient by a reputable doctor. If your friend meets the criteria, his attorney may move the court to transfer her case to mental health court which substitutes long term community based treatment for prison. For those who adhere to treatment sentences can be greatly reduced or charges dismissed however not all jurisdictions have a mental health court at this time. Broward has one of the first jurisdictions to introduce the concept.
It's great that you are interested in your friend's case. Why the attorney doesn't want to use this information is not something anybody here can answer without a detailed grasp of the case. Needless to say there are some reasons why certain defenses are not used. I'll give you an unrelated example:
Say I am fighting one of your cases in court. I know that two judges are generally assigned. Judge A and Judge B. I know that Judge A would accept my proposed defense (or at least hear it). I know that Judge B may hear my proposed defense but really hates it and will rule against me 99.999% of the time. If your case is assigned to Judge A, I'll bring the defense. If it's in front of Judge B, I'll look for any other defense before I consider a defense I know will likely get shot down.
Here's a bit of friendly advice. Your friend doesn't need a backseat lawyer, she needs a friend. Be there for her, reassure her, make sure life is a little less stressful for her. Let the lawyer be the lawyer. You concentrate on being her friend. If you help relieve her anxiety, the attorney will have a much easier time defending her.
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It may be helpful, but to know requires an expert to examiner her and her medical records, and further presupposes that she elects to go to trial and try to offer the dense into evidence. All very expensive, risky (she could lose!) and time consuming. Hopefully, she will have a lawyer who can gather what records there are, and present them to the prosecutor in mitigation perhaps...in a way effective enough for them to consider making her an offer that is not too punitive. Speak to her lawyer about these issues for better answers, as all facts must be known to give adequate advice about anything, and very little is known here. If her lawyer isn't listening or responding, find her another. Good luck.
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