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A psychiatrist in France has been convicted of manslaughter for failing to recognize the "grave risk" posed by one of her patients who later brutally murdered an elderly man.   

A court in Marseilles said Daniele Canarelli, 58, had committed a "grave error" by failing to recognize the public danger posed by Joel Gaillard, her patient of four years.

Gaillard hacked to death 80-year-old Germain Trabuc with an axe in March 2004 in Gap, in the Alps region of southeastern France, 20 days after fleeing a consultation with Canarelli at Marseilles's Edouard Toulouse hospital.

Canarelli was handed a one-year prison sentence and ordered to pay 8,500 euros to the victim's children, in the first case of its kind in France. Defense lawyers said the ruling would have serious repercussions for treatment of the mentally ill.

I'd like to know more details about the case, but this seems on its face a bit heavy handed (what happened to the United States being the overly-aggressive, prosecutor-oriented bad guy?)

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