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Post by Alessandra_Deux on Mon Jul 06, 2015 11:49 am

Larry Ryckman ‏@larryryckman  · 6m  
JH was given the name Brady Arkansas while being treated at Denver Health Medical Center. #theatershooting


Will C. Holden ‏@will_c_holden  · 6m 
Denver Health's Christopher Colwell on #theatershooting stand. Dealt w/ Holmes during Nov 2012 psychotic break. Live: http://link.kdvr.com/1H4Z7rV


Larry Ryckman ‏@larryryckman  · 10m
Next #theatershooting witness: Dr. Christopher Colwell of Denver Health.


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Post by Alessandra_Deux on Mon Jul 06, 2015 12:09 pm

Larry Ryckman ‏@larryryckman  · 3m  
Next #theatershooting witness: Jason Morgan, registered nurse who was working at Colorado mental health institute in Pueblo


Larry Ryckman ‏@larryryckman  · 7m  
Colwell: JH was dehydrated. Did not seem to be suffering an infection of the central nervous system. This was Nov. 2012. #theatershooting


Larry Ryckman ‏@larryryckman  · 15m  
Colwell: JH sometimes responded in a way that didn't make sense. Spoke English words but they didn't make sense together. #theatershooting


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Post by Alessandra_Deux on Mon Jul 06, 2015 12:11 pm

Larry Ryckman ‏@larryryckman  · 2m
Morgan: JH did not initiate conversation, seemed focused on another spot which made eye contact difficult. #theatershooting


Larry Ryckman ‏@larryryckman  · 6m  
He encountered JH at the time that Dr. Reid examined the defendant in July 2014. #theatershooting


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Post by Alessandra_Deux on Mon Jul 06, 2015 12:37 pm

Larry Ryckman ‏@larryryckman · 8m
Mendoza: JH had sleep apnea and stopped breathing at times while he slept. #theatershooting


Larry Ryckman ‏@larryryckman · 8m
Next #theatershooting witness: Ben Mendoza, who worked at the state hospital in Pueblo while JH was being evaluated there


Will C. Holden ‏@will_c_holden · 9m
Alison Owens, nurse, says Holmes wasn't out of norm post-#theatershooting at Pueblo Mental Health Institute, but would seem odd as civilian.


Larry Ryckman ‏@larryryckman  · 10m  
JH seemed angry at one point at Pueblo. Owens has no idea why. #theatershooting


Anica Padilla ‏@AnicaPadilla  · 13m 
Prosecution: "Could you tell the jury about what the [gunman] was like on July 20, 1012?”
Nurse: "I can't give you that.”
#theatershooting


Larry Ryckman ‏@larryryckman  · 16m
Owens administered medication to JH, and he took them without any problem. He was polite, respectful. #theatershooting


Larry Ryckman ‏@larryryckman  · 19m  
Next #theatershooting witness: Alison Owens, registered nurse at Colorado Mental Health Institute Pueblo.


Will C. Holden ‏@will_c_holden  · 21m
Jason Morgan, nurse at Pueblo Mental Health Institute: Holmes avoided eye contact but was cooperative during 2014 post-#theatershooting stay


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Re: James Holmes: Colorado Theater Murder Trial

Post by Alessandra_Deux on Mon Jul 06, 2015 12:42 pm

Larry Ryckman ‏@larryryckman  · 3m  
JH gave Gonglach some writings. Gonglach also visited JH at Denver Health in November 2012. #theatershooting


Larry Ryckman ‏@larryryckman  · 7m  
Next #theatershooting witness: John Gonglach, investigator with the public defender's office


Larry Ryckman ‏@larryryckman  · 8m  
Jury asks Mendoza: What were typical duties with JH? A: To provide any kind of medical need if necessary, vital signs. #theatershooting


Will C. Holden ‏@will_c_holden  · 9m  
Colo. Mental Health's Ben Mendoza: Holmes had issues sleeping post-#theatershooting (including sleep apnea). Didn't seem stressed when awake


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Re: James Holmes: Colorado Theater Murder Trial

Post by Alessandra_Deux on Mon Jul 06, 2015 12:43 pm

Larry Ryckman ‏@larryryckman · 1m
Judge calls 20-minute morning break for #theatershooting jurors. They will watch a 30-minute surveillance video when they return.

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Post by Alessandra_Deux on Mon Jul 06, 2015 12:53 pm

7NEWS Denver Channel ‏@DenverChannel  · 5m  
#TheaterShooting plans to call Dr. Raquel Gur next. She is an expert in schizophrenia and is expected to testify the gunman was insane.


Marshall Zelinger @7Marshall  · 6m 
NOW: Scheduling: #TheaterShooting next witness (after break/after security video) will be key witness Dr. Raquel Gur. http://bit.ly/theatertrial


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Post by Alessandra_Deux on Mon Jul 06, 2015 12:55 pm

Larry Ryckman ‏@larryryckman  · 6m
King says next #theatershooting witness will be Dr. Raquel Gur, head of neuropsychiatry program at University of Pennsylvania medical school


Will C. Holden ‏@will_c_holden  · 7m  
#TheaterShooting DA objects to what it calls late exhibits from Dr. Raquel Gur. She's schizophrenia expert, examined Holmes & is key witness


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Re: James Holmes: Colorado Theater Murder Trial

Post by Alessandra_Deux on Mon Jul 06, 2015 12:58 pm

Will C. Holden ‏@will_c_holden  · 4m  
@GeorgeBrauchler upset. Says #theatershooting defense "knows I spent most of time w/ Gur getting her 2 clarify notes she refused 2 type up."


Larry Ryckman ‏@larryryckman  · 5m  
Judge will consider objections from @GeorgeBrauchler about what he calls late exhibits from Dr. Gur. #theatershooting


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Re: James Holmes: Colorado Theater Murder Trial

Post by Alessandra_Deux on Mon Jul 06, 2015 1:11 pm

Testimony could end this week in guilt phase of trial of James Holmes for movie theater shooting

By: Phil Tenser
Posted: 8:13 AM, Jul 6, 2015

ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. - Testimony could conclude this week in the Aurora movie theater shooting trial.

Defense attorneys indicated last week that they expect to call their final expert, psychiatrist Raquel Gur, on or around Tuesday. Public Defender Dan King suggested his direct examination of Dr. Gur would take about a day and he guessed the prosecution might need another day for cross-examination.

Dr. Gur is a professor of psychiatry neurology and radiology at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine. She leads the neuropsychiatry section and the Schizophrenia Research Center and is vice chair of research development in the Department of Psychiatry.

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Re: James Holmes: Colorado Theater Murder Trial

Post by Alessandra_Deux on Mon Jul 06, 2015 1:18 pm

Fraying Family Ties Cut To Heart Of Theater Gunman’s Defense

July 6, 2015 9:46 AM


Robert and Arlene Holmes (file photo credit: CBS)

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Just before the trial, Holmes’ parents begged for a plea deal that would spare his life.

“He is a human being gripped by a severe mental illness,” they said in a statement in December, as thousands of jury summonses were mailed. “We have always loved him, and we do not want him to be executed.”

Now, the San Diego couple sits two rows behind him, scribbling into tiny notepads. They have heard scores of victims describe the slaughter their son inflicted in July 2012 and watched psychiatrists pick apart his addled mind.

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Re: James Holmes: Colorado Theater Murder Trial

Post by Alessandra_Deux on Mon Jul 06, 2015 1:25 pm

Will C. Holden ‏@will_c_holden · 4m
#TheaterShooting judge to defense: Why weren't Gur's exhibits presented to DA earlier? King: We just got them. Plus, DA has done this to us.

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Post by Alessandra_Deux on Mon Jul 06, 2015 1:28 pm

Will C. Holden ‏@will_c_holden  · 3m  
#TheaterShooting DA: On related note, def. emailed us Gur's illegible notes they want to introduce as exhibits today at 11:30 PM last night.


Anica Padilla ‏@AnicaPadilla  · 3m  
#TheaterShooting Defense Attorney Dan King says he only saw the final version of Dr. Gur's PowerPoint presentation on Friday.


Will C. Holden ‏@will_c_holden  · 5m  
#TheaterShooting DA: Our evidence has been in discovery. You haven't heard defense ever say it wasn't. This Gur evidence wasn't in discovery


Larry Ryckman ‏@larryryckman  · 5m  
Brauchler again complaining that defense has been tardy in handing over evidence. He decries its "last second approach." #theatershooting


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Re: James Holmes: Colorado Theater Murder Trial

Post by Alessandra_Deux on Mon Jul 06, 2015 1:33 pm

Larry Ryckman ‏@larryryckman · 4m
Judge is still considering 32 slides from Dr. Gur, even though defense was tardy about providing to prosectors. #theatershooting

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Post by Alessandra_Deux on Mon Jul 06, 2015 1:35 pm

Larry Ryckman ‏@larryryckman · 3m
Gur diagnosed JH with schizophrenia. They're now discussing the 32 Powerpoint-type slides that defense seeks to introduce. #theatershooting

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Post by Alessandra_Deux on Mon Jul 06, 2015 1:45 pm

Larry Ryckman ‏@larryryckman  · 2m 
King prompts laughs when he refers to DA as "Dr. Brauchler." Judge: "You two are fond of making each other doctors." #theatershooting


Will C. Holden ‏@will_c_holden  · 5m 
@callykhs I see confusion. Defense trying to show scope of mental issues on chance jury will buy same issues existed before #theatershooting


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Re: James Holmes: Colorado Theater Murder Trial

Post by Alessandra_Deux on Mon Jul 06, 2015 1:50 pm



James Holmes Trial - Day 43 - Part 1

Published on Jul 6, 2015


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Re: James Holmes: Colorado Theater Murder Trial

Post by Mylife101 on Mon Jul 06, 2015 2:19 pm

Alessandra_Deux wrote:Fraying family ties cut to heart of theater gunman’s defense

Holmes' attorneys have referenced a family history of disorders, including an aunt with schizophrenia and a grandfather who was institutionalized.

By SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press, Updated: July 6, 2015 8:31 am



CENTENNIAL | They show up in court every day, a visible reminder to jurors that even a killer has parents who love him and who don’t want him to die.

But more than two months into his mass-murder trial, James Holmes has yet to turn around in his seat and acknowledge them.

They called him Jimbo. He called them Goober and Bobbo. But the relationship Arlene and Robert Holmes had with their son had been strained since he was a young boy. After he left for graduate school, their communication was mostly confined to terse emails.

Holmes told a psychiatrist years after his gunshots killed 12 people and injured 70 in a crowded Colorado movie theater that he doesn’t like to talk with people — even his mother and father.

Holmes’ remoteness from his parents cuts to the heart of his insanity defense.

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Thanks, AD. This is a good article. I do feel sad for JH's parents. They are victims of JH's actions too. There were so many people (friends, family, doctors) that cared about JH and could have helped him if JH had just been honest about what was going on in his head.
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Re: James Holmes: Colorado Theater Murder Trial

Post by Alessandra_Deux on Mon Jul 06, 2015 2:56 pm

Will C. Holden ‏@will_c_holden  · 45m 
#TheaterShooting defense's rebuttal to most of DA's objections on Dr. Gur's exhibits: "It's her opinion." Judge often deeming it sufficient.


Will C. Holden ‏@will_c_holden  · 48m  
#TheaterShooting DA @GeorgeBrauchler objecting to Dr. Gur's exhibits line-by-line. Says she's 1st to say Holmes' brain has shrunk in jail.


Anica Padilla ‏@AnicaPadilla  · 52m  
#TheaterShooting Defense Attorney King says the MRI shows the gunman's brain has shrunk since being incarcerated - a sign of schizophrenia.


Anica Padilla ‏@AnicaPadilla  · 54m  
#TheaterShooting Defense Attorney Dan King: ‘This is a diagram of a brain cell (chuckle)... this is a case about a brain disease."


Anica Padilla ‏@AnicaPadilla · 55m
#TheaterShooting District Attorney George Brauchler on slides from Dr. Gur's presentation: 'These things make no sense to me...'


Anica Padilla ‏@AnicaPadilla · 1h
Brauchler: "If this [information] was common knowledge, how could this not have been provided to us ahead of time?” #theatershooting


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Re: James Holmes: Colorado Theater Murder Trial

Post by Alessandra_Deux on Mon Jul 06, 2015 2:59 pm

Larry Ryckman ‏@larryryckman  · 35m
Jurors might very well wonder why they weren't given a long lunch break while attorneys argued about these slides. #theatershooting

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Post by Alessandra_Deux on Mon Jul 06, 2015 3:04 pm

Larry Ryckman ‏@larryryckman  · 23m  
Judge excuses #theatershooting jurors for one-hour lunch break


Larry Ryckman ‏@larryryckman  · 25m  
Jury in #theatershooting being brought back into courtroom. Seems they will get a shorter lunch, followed by Dr. Gur. The video will wait.


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Re: James Holmes: Colorado Theater Murder Trial

Post by Freckles on Mon Jul 06, 2015 4:02 pm

IF it is true JH is shy.... it would explain the lack of eye contact and how he stares ahead or looks (not at a person) but at the power point shown on the wall. It would be terrifying to be seated in a court full of people staring at him.

My son was shy as a youngster. He was going to tell me how he overcame/hid his shyness when I stopped him and said, "You became the class clown, right?" He asked me how I knew that when he had never shared his method ... I told him he STILL was shy but was deflecting so others would not perceive his shyness as a weakness. And class clowns, jokestars are usually shy people trying to fit in.

Comments from other students (not the professors) re the class presentations stated JH made "inappropriate" jokes during presentation. IMO, that may have been done to get the class to laugh at the joke and not to laugh at his more serious self. He may have been trying to redirect what he saw was ridicule of his work. He may have joined them in the laughter to show he, too, failed to take seriously the presentation when in truth, he took it VERY serious BUT did not want to show that to others for fear they could use it to hurt him.

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Post by CuriousPortlander on Mon Jul 06, 2015 4:16 pm

Anica Padilla ‏@AnicaPadilla 3h3 hours ago

Judge Samour: "I'm not a proponent of hide-the-ball tactics. I still don't know why [the exhibit] wasn't provided earlier.” #theatertrial

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Post by Alessandra_Deux on Mon Jul 06, 2015 4:37 pm

Rick Sallinger ‏@ricksallinger  · 11m
Psychiatrist Dr. Raquel Gur takes witness stand for the defense to say #theatershooting defendant was insane.




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Post by Alessandra_Deux on Mon Jul 06, 2015 4:43 pm

Larry Ryckman ‏@larryryckman  · 4m
Brauchler noting that Gur has been qualified just twice as an expert in court. No special qualifications on Colorado law. #theatershooting


Will C. Holden ‏@will_c_holden  · 4m  
DA hammering credentials of Gur, #TheaterShooting Def's star witness, before she's dubbed schizophrenia expert. Live: http://link.kdvr.com/1H4Z7rV


Larry Ryckman ‏@larryryckman  · 6m 
Brauchler zeroes in on Gur's lack of forensic training in psychiatry. #theatershooting


Larry Ryckman ‏@larryryckman  · 7m
Bench conference as Brauchler prepares to question Gur. #theatershooting


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Post by Alessandra_Deux on Mon Jul 06, 2015 4:47 pm

Will C. Holden ‏@will_c_holden  · 3m
#TheaterShooting DA wasn't going to ask but Gur adds she's no psychiatrist. @GeorgeBrauchler: "And u aren't a forensic anything?" A: Correct


Larry Ryckman ‏@larryryckman  · 4m
Brauchler sounds surprised to hear that Gur is not a board-certified psychiatrist. #theatershooting


Anica Padilla ‏@AnicaPadilla · 5m
Pretty sure King just said 'She's not going to be able to testify at all at this rate.' OUCH.
#theatershooting


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Post by Alessandra_Deux on Mon Jul 06, 2015 4:51 pm

^^^
Wow! This is the most inept court defense of an insanity plea that I have ever witnessed.
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Post by Freckles on Mon Jul 06, 2015 4:57 pm

Def witness, Dr. Gur: NO board certifications at all.
She is loaded heavily with educational courses and degrees from the best of colleges/universities but is NOT board certified. She has coauthored a book.

Judge will qualify her in clinical psychology and neurology.
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Post by Alessandra_Deux on Mon Jul 06, 2015 4:58 pm

Will C. Holden ‏@will_c_holden  · 6m  
Gur didn't tell #TheaterShooting DA she she has 0 board certifications. She's certified in psychology, not psychiatrist or anything forensic

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(And, she is supposed to be the defense's "star witness". Amazing!)
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Post by Freckles on Mon Jul 06, 2015 5:01 pm

She got her degree in psychiatry first and then went to regular medical school.
Innovative..."Almost completed one yr of medical school over a period of time..."
She DID go on to U of Penns medical school... in 3 yrs.
Did a combined program involving neurology involving seizures, etc., was surprised at the lack of scientific work done on the brain as it impacts mental illness...
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Post by Alessandra_Deux on Mon Jul 06, 2015 5:03 pm

Will C. Holden ‏@will_c_holden · 3m
Defense's Dan King whispered "No, she's not board certified in anything" as DA quizzed Dr. Raquel Gur, #theatershooting schizophrenia expert

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Post by Alessandra_Deux on Mon Jul 06, 2015 5:07 pm

Neuroimaging and Mental Illness: A Window Into the Brain

Brain imaging scans, also called neuroimaging scans, are being used more and more to help detect and diagnose a number of medical disorders and illnesses. Currently, the main use of brain scans for mental disorders is in research studies to learn more about the disorders. Brain scans alone cannot be used to diagnose a mental disorder, such as autism, anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, or bipolar disorder.

In some cases, a brain scan might be used to rule out other medical illnesses, such as a tumor, that could cause symptoms similar to a mental disorder, such as depression. Other types of tests are needed for a mental illness to be properly diagnosed. Scientists are studying differences in the brains of people with and without a mental illness to learn more about these disorders. However, at this time relying on brain scans alone cannot accurately diagnose a mental illness or tell you your risk of getting a mental illness in the future.

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Post by Alessandra_Deux on Mon Jul 06, 2015 5:12 pm

Can Brain Scans Diagnose Mental Illness?

THE CLAIM: Mental illness can be diagnosed with brain scans.
THE FACTS: Currently the technique might be able to diagnose people with a single, unambiguous, chronic illness but not tougher clinical cases.


By Simon Makin | Jun 6, 2013

THE DETAILS

One common complaint about psychiatry is its subjective nature: it lacks definitive tests for many diseases. So the idea of diagnosing disorders using only brain scans holds great appeal. A paper published recently in PLOS ONE describes such a system, although it was presented only as an initial proof of concept. News reports, however, trumpeted the advent of “objective” psychiatric diagnoses.

The paper used data from several earlier studies, in which researchers outlined key brain regions in MRI scans of people with bipolar disorder, ADHD, schizophrenia or Tourette's syndrome; people with low or high risk of developing major depressive disorder; and a healthy group. The scans were also labeled with the disorder or depression risk level of the original study participant.

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Post by Freckles on Mon Jul 06, 2015 5:13 pm

6 months working on psychotic persons in controlled settings.
6 months dealing with other brain malfunctions: MS, epilepsy, etc. Brains disorders.
U of Penns has the largest patient inventory on brain disorders.
Did residency there.
Then did 2 yrs to finish her psychiatry degree.
(Had one yr of serous ill psychotic patients.)
She taught grad students w/ lectures, course work;
taught undergrads how male/female brains may differ.

She is serious but not brash.
Knowledgeable and sharing.
I like her.
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Post by Alessandra_Deux on Mon Jul 06, 2015 5:16 pm

Larry Ryckman ‏@larryryckman  · 6m  
Her major field of study has been on schizophrenia. "that's my major area."  #theatershooting


Larry Ryckman ‏@larryryckman  · 17m 
Here's a University of Pennsylvania bio of Dr. Gur. http://dpo.st/1H6To52  #theatershooting




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Post by Alessandra_Deux on Mon Jul 06, 2015 5:26 pm

Freckles wrote:6 months working on psychotic persons in controlled settings.
6 months dealing with other brain malfunctions: MS, epilepsy, etc. Brains disorders.
U of Penns has the largest patient inventory on brain disorders.
Did residency there.
Then did 2 yrs to finish her psychiatry degree.
(Had one yr of serous ill psychotic patients.)
She taught grad students w/ lectures, course work;
taught undergrads how male/female brains may differ.

She is serious but not brash.
Knowledgeable and sharing.
I like her.

But she is not a forensic psychiatrist and that is the DA's contention. Throughout the defense's case in chief, the prosecution major pep peeve has been the fact that the defense's expert witnesses that have already testified are not experts in forensic psychiatry, and they are not qualified to testify to the fact that the defendant was legally insane at the time of the shooting. If what the defense wants to do is to save the life of their client, they should have hired a forensic psychiatrist to testify on their client's behalf. This witness might have some impressive credentials, but she is not a forensic psychiatrist.


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What Does A Forensic Psychiatrist Do?

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Forensic Psychiatry Job Description

The bulk of the work done by forensic psychiatrists is the same as would be done by psychiatrists in general.

They provide diagnostic assessments about the mental state of people, and then make determinations about the sort of treatments those people should be using in order to overcome their problems.

But the difference between the forensic psychiatrist and other professionals in this field, is that these determinations are then used by the courts to make decisions about such things as fitness to stand trial and the validity of an insanity plea.

The two main tasks of the forensic psychiatrist are:

Fit To Stand Trial

Forensic psychiatrists will be called upon to evaluate a person in order to determine their mental state ahead of a trial where charges are being brought against them.

If the forensic psychiatrist finds that the defendant cannot fully grasp the charges that they’re facing and/or they’re not in any state to provide their attorney with assistance throughout the trial, then that trial cannot go ahead.

This judgement is based on the interpretation of the fifth amendment allowing you to be present at your trial, face any accusers and help your attorney in the defense of against those charges.

Mental State When Crime Was Committed

The second key job of the forensic psychiatrist is to try and determine what the mental state of the accused was at the time they committed the crime, and whether or not they were aware that the act they were carrying out was a crime.

A common example of this is the insanity plea. A psychiatrist (often on both sides of the case) will provide testimony about what they think was the mental state of the person when they carried out the crime.

This will then impact upon the charges they will face as well as their sentencing.

Read more:

http://careers-in-forensics.com/forensic-psychiatry/


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Post by Alessandra_Deux on Mon Jul 06, 2015 5:36 pm

Anica Padilla ‏@AnicaPadilla  · 5m  
Public Defender Dan King to Dr. Raquel Gur: 'Doctor, can you listen to me for a minute?'
#theatershooting #theatertrial


Larry Ryckman ‏@larryryckman  · 5m
"Doctor, can you listen to me for a moment?" King asks Gur, his own witness, as she interrupts him again. #theatershooting


The Gold Patrol® ‏@thegoldpatrol  · 21m
#theatershooting Dr Gur on the stand. She has been admitted as an expert witness but limited. She found JH legally insane @ time of shooting


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Larry Ryckman ‏@larryryckman · 5m
Judge calls 20-minute break for #theatershooting jurors


Will C. Holden ‏@will_c_holden · 5m
#TheaterShooting Defense's Dan King asks Dr Gur, his own witness, to stop interrupting & to "listen to me for a minute." Both seem perturbed


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Post by Alessandra_Deux on Mon Jul 06, 2015 5:48 pm

Mylife101 wrote:
Alessandra_Deux wrote:Fraying family ties cut to heart of theater gunman’s defense

Holmes' attorneys have referenced a family history of disorders, including an aunt with schizophrenia and a grandfather who was institutionalized.

By SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press, Updated: July 6, 2015 8:31 am



CENTENNIAL | They show up in court every day, a visible reminder to jurors that even a killer has parents who love him and who don’t want him to die.

But more than two months into his mass-murder trial, James Holmes has yet to turn around in his seat and acknowledge them.

They called him Jimbo. He called them Goober and Bobbo. But the relationship Arlene and Robert Holmes had with their son had been strained since he was a young boy. After he left for graduate school, their communication was mostly confined to terse emails.

Holmes told a psychiatrist years after his gunshots killed 12 people and injured 70 in a crowded Colorado movie theater that he doesn’t like to talk with people — even his mother and father.

Holmes’ remoteness from his parents cuts to the heart of his insanity defense.

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http://www.aurorasentinel.com/news/fraying-family-ties-cut-heart-theater-gunmans-defense/#.VZqSQibavo4.twitter

Thanks, AD. This is a good article. I do feel sad for JH's parents. They are victims of JH's actions too. There were so many people (friends, family, doctors) that cared about JH and could have helped him if JH had just been honest about what was going on in his head.

I agree Mylife101, they are also victims of a horrendous act. This case is terribly sad. Sad
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Theater shooting trial: Defense calls star witness, Dr. Raquel Gur, expert on schizophrenia

By: Anica Padilla

Posted: 2:18 PM, Jul 6, 2015
Updated: 32 mins ago


CENTENNIAL, Colo. - The defense team in the Aurora movie theater shooting trial has called an expert in schizophrenia, who is likely to be their final witness.

Dr. Raquel Gur is expected to testify that the gunman was legally insane at the time of the shooting.

Dr. Gur is Professor of Psychiatry Neurology and Radiology at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a paid consultant for the defense.

Before Dr. Gur took the stand Monday, lawyers spent more than an hour arguing whether slides from her PowerPoint presentation should be allowed in court.

Lead Public Defender Dan King argued Gur should be allowed to reference the slides as demonstrative evidence during her testimony.

King said the slides included a diagram of a brain cell, an MRI of the gunman’s brain and a study on schizophrenia done by Gur.

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http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/movie-theater-shooting/theater-shooting-trial-defense-calls-star-witness-dr-raquel-gur-expert-on-schizophrenia
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Larry Ryckman ‏@larryryckman  · 3m
Dr. Gur, in a heavy accent, says she took the "scenic route" in her training. King says he took the "cynical route." #theatershooting


Larry Ryckman ‏@larryryckman  · 6m
The jury is back and Dr. Gur is continuing her testimony. #theatershooting


Larry Ryckman ‏@larryryckman  · 8m  
Tom Mauser, the father of a Columbine High victim, sat with #theatershooting victims' families for part of today's hearing. Per @johningold


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Judge tells Gur to stop speaking over King. She has to let him finish asking his questions. #theatershooting

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Dr Gur, who has Eastern European (maybe Russian) accent, speaks deliberately to #theatershooting court. Talking about work on Unabomber case

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Anica Padilla ‏@AnicaPadilla · 6m
Dr. Gur worked on the Ted Kaczynski trial, interviewed Russell Weston, and testified in the case of David Halpern.
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Larry Ryckman ‏@larryryckman · 2m
Gur was also retained by defense in the case of Jared Loffner, who shot U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords and others in Arizona. #theatershooting

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Will C. Holden ‏@will_c_holden  · 5m  
#TheaterShooting trial schizophrenia expert Dr. Gur testified in cases of Russell Weston & Jared Loughner. Both have avoided death penalty.

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Jared Loughner pleads guilty to Tucson shootings, avoids death penalty

Tuesday Aug 7, 2012 8:51 AM

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/08/07/13163448-jared-loughner-pleads-guilty-to-tucson-shootings-avoids-death-penalty?lite
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Gur hasn't gotten to Holmes, closes Trial Day 43 telling #theatershooting court schizophrenia doesn't develop overnight. She'll return Tues.


Larry Ryckman ‏@larryryckman  · 4m  
Judge is dismissing Aurora #TheaterShooting jurors for the night. Back on Tuesday at 8:40 a.m.


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Post by CuriousPortlander on Mon Jul 06, 2015 7:09 pm

Alessandra_Deux wrote:^^^
Wow! This is the most inept court defense of an insanity plea that I have ever witnessed.

Ditto!

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Alessandra_Deux wrote:
Freckles wrote:6 months working on psychotic persons in controlled settings.
6 months dealing with other brain malfunctions: MS, epilepsy, etc. Brains disorders.
U of Penns has the largest patient inventory on brain disorders.
Did residency there.
Then did 2 yrs to finish her psychiatry degree.
(Had one yr of serous ill psychotic patients.)
She taught grad students w/ lectures, course work;
taught undergrads how male/female brains may differ.

She is serious but not brash.
Knowledgeable and sharing.
I like her.

But she is not a forensic psychiatrist and that is the DA's contention. Throughout the defense's case in chief, the prosecution major pep peeve has been the fact that the defense's expert witness that have already testified are not experts in forensic psychiatry, and they are not qualified to testify to the fact that the defendant was legally insane at the time of the shooting. If what the defense wants to do is to save the life of their client, they should have hired a forensic psychiatris to testify on their clients behalf. This witness might have some impressive credentials, but she is not a forensic psychiatrist.

Exactly! How can she possibly be qualified to testify as to his sanity? This just blows my mind.

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