Judge in Theranos fraud case orders 14-hour psychological test for Holmes:
Holmes and Theranos' former president Ramesh "Sunny" Balwani were charged in June 2018 with nine counts of wire fraud and two counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
[...] According to the court document filed this week[*], Holmes—who is now being tried separately from Balwani—notified the court last December that she plans to submit "expert evidence relating to a mental disease or defect or any other mental condition" that has bearing on the issue of guilt. The expert providing such evidence was named in the document as psychologist Mindy Mechanic, of California State University, Fullerton.
According to Mechanic's faculty website, she focuses on "psychosocial consequences of violence, trauma, and victimization with an emphasis on violence against women and other forms of interpersonal violence." The site also notes that Mechanic "frequently provides expert testimony in complex legal cases involving interpersonal violence."
[...] In response to Holmes' plans to provide mental health evidence, federal prosecutors requested that they should also be able to examine Holmes' mental state and provide their own psychiatric evidence in court as a fair rebuttal.
[...] The judge in the case, US District Judge Edward Davila of the Northern District of California, agreed with the prosecutors. As such, he ordered Holmes to undergo up to 14 hours of psychological testing and psychiatric evaluation by two government-appointed doctors over the course of two consecutive days. Davila also ordered that the government's evaluation of Holmes be recorded on video—over Holmes' objections.
[*] Here is a link to the court document.
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(Score: 0, Troll) by Runaway1956 on Sunday September 13 2020, @09:12PM (5 children)
I'm pretty contemptuous of the psychobabble world anyway. But, the idea that working with a patient for 14 hours is going to give useful results is preposterous. At the very best, you'll conclude "the patient is batfuck crazy" or "more work is needed". There really isn't much chance of finding anything in the middle.
Abortion is the number one killed of children in the United States.
(Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday September 13 2020, @10:20PM
A decent criminal psychologist would make short work of it.
No Malcolms here [youtube.com]
(Score: 2) by Thexalon on Sunday September 13 2020, @11:43PM (2 children)
And that's all that's needed for a trial.
The whole "mental disease or defect" defense was created to try to distinguish between the people that are committing crimes because they're complete loons versus the people who are committing crimes because they did so from their free will. All that the prosecution needs to prove to dissolve the defense is that Holmes was well aware of exactly what she was doing and what harm she was doing.
And the fact is, if she's trying this defense, that means that the prosecution has her dead to rights on the crime, and the only question is whether she's going to prison or a psych ward for quite a long time.
The only thing that stops a bad guy with a compiler is a good guy with a compiler.
(Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 14 2020, @12:42AM
Brings to mind an except from The Psychopath Test [wikipedia.org]
(Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 14 2020, @05:16AM
(Score: -1, Offtopic) by Anonymous Coward on Monday September 14 2020, @06:08AM
You have been corrected on this at least once before, you fucking idiot Runaway1956! You cannot fuck bats! No matter how much that is the one thing left on your bucket list of beastiality, no, not possible, and the wrong usage in this case. The Phrase is "batshit crazy", not "sexual intercourse with bats crazy". I mean, what is wrong with you, man? Is this like AIDS, or Ebola, where people suspect inter-species sexual congress may be the cause? Are you the one that released Covid-19 on the world, with your bat-fucking fetish? Runaway1956: a sort of a Batman, just not that sort of "batman". Eewww!