<< Crack Sentencing | Main | Even Babies Think Crime Deserves Punishment >>

News Scan

Defense Expert in Child Molestation Case Calls Child Sexual Abuse Accommodation Syndrome "Junk Science": Andy Furillo of The Sacramento Bee reports University of Nevada professor William O'Donohue testified as a witness for Tommy Gene Daniels in Sacramento Superior Court, where he called child sexual abuse accommodation syndrome "a fringe theory." Daniels, a Rio Linda pastor, is facing 12 counts for molesting five girls in his home between 2003 and 2005. Earlier in the trial, Deputy District Attorney Kimberly Macy called UC Davis School of Medicine pediatrics professor Anthony J. Urquiza to testify as an expert on the CSAAS theory. Urquiza testified that CSAAS explains why children are prone to keep their molestation secret, and that the tenets of the theory help to understand the tendency for victims to delay reporting allegations of sexual abuse, their high rate of recanting their stories, and the victims' sense of helplessness and entrapment. O'Donohue did not necessarily disagree with the substance of what the CSAAS theory seeks to explain, but attacked the theory's adherence to the scientific method. O'Donohue also testified that there are currently no percentages available about children who lie about being molested. O'Donohue has made several hundred thousand dollars as a defense expert over the past 25 years.

DNA Helps Identify Another John Wayne Gacy Victim: Frank Main of the Chicago Sun Times reports the remains previously labeled Victim No. 19, because he was the 19th victim taken from the crawl space of serial killer John Wayne Gacy's home, have been identified as belonging to William "Bill" George Bundy. Bundy was reported missing in October 1976. The Cook County sheriff's office announced in October a renewed effort to use DNA to put names to the unidentified victim's found on Gacy's property in unincorporated Norwood Park Township as part of a push to solve dozens of unsolved cold cases. Bundy's brother and sister called a hotline set up by Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart and submitted DNA samples that were matched to DNA taken from the victim's bones. "To help bring some sort of closure and maybe peace to a family is something we are all hopeful for," Dart said Tuesday.

Norway Mass Killer Found Insane: Karl Ritter of The Associated Press reports Norway prosecutors said Tuesday confessed mass killer
Anders Behring Breivik belongs in psychiatric care instead of prison after a mental evaluation found him legally insane during his bomb and shooting rampage that killed 77 people in July. The court-ordered assessment, written by two psychiatrists who spent a total of 36 hours talking to Breivik, will be reviewed by a panel from the Norwegian Board of Forensic Medicine before the Oslo district court makes a ruling on his mental state. Prosecutors insisted the psychiatric report show Breivik is living in a "delusional universe." Anders Forsman told the AP, "He seems to have carried out the killings in a rational way. He is an efficient killing machine." Prosecutor Inga Bejer Engh said that if Breivik is declared insane by the courts, he would be given three-year terms of psychiatric care that could be extended as long as necessary.

Leave a comment

Monthly Archives