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Thursday, August 9, 2007

CrimProf Alan Young Discusses The Sad Mix of Criminal Law and Mental Disorders

From thestar.com: York University's Osgoode Hall Law School CrimProf Alan Young recently discussed a Canadian Superior Court judge's order that a psychiatrist is to stand by in a Kingston courtroom as jailed TV actor Tony Rosato's long-awaited criminal harassment trial begins.

Justice Gordon Thomson took the unusual step of ordering the independent psychiatrist to be present, defence lawyer Daniel Brodsky said, because both Rosato and his estranged wife, Leah, have psychiatric histories.

"That's in case any witness or the defendant needs to have a quick assessment," Brodsky said Sunday. "The doctor will be in the building."

"It's very sad," said CrimProf Alan Young. "The one thing this case demonstrates clearly is the inability of the criminal justice system to deal with mentally disordered offenders charged with minor offences." Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]

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