Thursday, January 28, 2010

Man Tries To Open Airplain Door While In Flight

Here is a link to a story about the man who tried to open an airplane door mid-flight last week:

Plane Makes Emergency Landing At DIA After Disturbance

The man was released from custody for a medical evaluation. I would love to be able to meet with him and see what was going on.

Thanks for reading-- Max Wachtel, Ph.D.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Innocent Until Proven Guilty?

I had a defendant tell me something interesting today: "In this country, you aren't innocent until proven guilty. You are guilty until proven wealthy."

On a somewhat related note, I have always been bothered by the phrase "innocent until proven guilty." To me, the word "until" makes it sound like a defendant is definitely going to be proven guilty. He/she should only be considered innocent until he/she is proven guilty.

It seems that a more appropriate phrase would be "innocent unless proven guilty."

Thanks for reading-- Max Wachtel, Ph.D.

Back to Jail

I spent yesterday morning in the Denver County Jail, and I am going to be in the Arapahoe County Jail this morning. Such is the life of a forensic psychologist!

Thanks for reading-- Max Wachtel, Ph.D.

Monday, January 4, 2010

2009 Year End Numbers

The official numbers are in:

In 2009, I conducted/supervised 203 evaluations for legal disability, 23 competency evaluations, and 63 court-ordered mental health evaluations for Denver Metro courts.

It was a great, busy 2009, and I am looking forward to another great year!

Thanks for reading-- Max Wachtel, Ph.D.


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