I have testified three times since I last posted. I testified for the prosecution in two Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity (NGRI) cases. In Colorado, psychologists cannot perform sanity evaluations, but I evaluated the defendants for other reasons and was called to testify in those cases. In both cases, I argued that the defendants were malingering (pretending to have a mental illness in order to avoid criminal prosecution). In the first case, the jury found the defendant NGRI anyway. In the second case, the trial ended in a hung jury.
My third testimony was for the defense in a contested competency hearing. I opined that the defendant was incompetent, and the opposing counsel's psychologist thought he was competent. In that case, the judge ruled that the defendant was incompetent, citing the reasons I outlined in my testimony.
You win some, you lose some, I suppose.
Thanks for reading-- Max Wachtel, Ph.D.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
7:48 AM Maximillian Wachtel, Ph.D. 2 comments