There is no doubt in my mind that Casey may have manipulated the defense psychiatrists like she has manipulated everyone else with whom she has been in contact to date, as we have seen. Who knows whether she and her defense team concocted something for her to “reveal” to the psychiatrists that would help her case .Who knows if she thought of it on her own.
Did she tell them that:
George and Lee molested her or molested Caylee? Did she tell them Caylee drowned in an accident when Zanny the Nanny was at watching her and that she was protecting Zanny? Did she say she was afraid Zanny would kill her and that is why she didn’t come clean in 31 days? Did she say that she did research in renting the movies about a killer and kidnapper so that she could glean some insight in her own investigation as to whom may have taken Caylee?
What ridiculous story did Casey most probably concoct to both of the psychiatrists? Needless to say that if she told them anything, it would have to be written in their notes and as part of their assessment.
THE REALITY ABOUT SOME EXPERT WITNESSES
Now let’s talk about Expert Witnesses. These psychiatrists are expert witnesses for the defense. They are paid by the defense team and are retained by the team ONLY because they offer something that could be valuable to the case or help to discredit the other side.
Some expert witnesses are more credible than others. Some expert witnesses like myself will NEVER take on a case just for the money just to say what the attorney wants in order to help win their case.
I have turned down numerous cases because I refuse to play that game. I live with myself and in my own conscience and could NEVER compromise my dignity for money or fame or anything else. I never have and never will do such a thing.
Unfortunately there are others whom I have seen who are not as discriminating or forthright. Their motivations whether it be financial or otherwise are such that they will do whatever is wanted for whatever their reason , They may not believe in the case or in the client, but if the money is right, they will often do it.
WHAT ABOUT ANY PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING DONE ON CASEY ANTHONY?
Aside from what Casey may have revealed to the psychiatrists on the defenses side, I want to know what tests were given to Casey., Was she given the MMPI (Minnesota Multiphasic Personality test) to help get a real look into her psyche. Was she given a battery of other psychological testing such as projective tests, or tests to analyze her perceptual and cognitive abilities, neurolinguistic test, other tests. This is essential to know.
If the defense has offered up their psychiatrists I believe that the state needs to have their own experts in the field to see if their views differ from those of the defense. Chances are they will differ greatly,
If the psychiatrists has videotapes their sessions with Casey, I would love to see Casey’s sessions so that I can pick up any body language cues to see if she as manipulating them or lying to them. I don’t know if many of the psychiatrists would recognize these signals since most are not trained in that arena.
If they do offer up a tape, audio or video, the state definitely needs to check those tapes and do a behavioral analysis, looking for signals of deception throughout the tape. They need to offer up the results from someone like me to help refute the testimony on the defense psychiatrists.
If the defense didn’t do a battery of tests on Casey, the state definitely needs to do it and offer up those results to the jury. The MMPI is the most comprehensive form of testing and measures so many variables. It is a long and exhausting test that can give a complete picture of a person fromHypochondriasis concern with bodily symptoms, Depression Depressive Symptoms, Hysteria Awareness of problems and vulnerabilities , Psychopathic Deviate Conflict, struggle, anger, respect for society’s rules, Masculinity/Femininity Stereotypical masculine or feminine interests/behaviors, Paranoia Level of trust, auspiciousness, sensitivity, Psychasthenia Worry, Anxiety, tension, doubts, obsessiveness ,Schizophrenia Odd thinking and social alienation, Hypomania Level of excitability, and even Social Introversion, just to name a few of what is examined in the testing. There are also many other variables which I have not mentioned here.
Because the test is so well researched and so highly reliable, and provides an objective measurement of a person’s personality, it is often used in court cases to give personality assessments of defendants where psychological information is important to the case.
I believe that it is certainly is important in the Casey Anthony case and therefore must be offered up in court in my view since it provides valid descriptions of a defendants problems and characteristics in clinical language.
I hope that the state wins the motion to not allow any of the information of the defense’s so called psychiatric experts . To me it will be a waste of time especially if there is no formalized testing from Casey to back up what she told them. The state said they were concerned about the impact of what the two psychiatrists would reveal if they were made public. As expected, the defense objected to this motion.
So this Friday we will find out what Judge Perry has to say as to whether or not we will be seeing the two psychiatrists taking the witness stand in the near future. www.drlilianglass.com