The Seattle Times recently featured a special report about a psychological “expert witness” who destroyed countless lives in the court cases in which he was hired to serve as an expert witness. He made up bogus psychological diagnoses for many people, like labeling a conscientious, mentally-healthy mother as a “quasi-psychotic” and “grave danger to her son” who was “‘probably’ sexually abusing him.” He also falsely claimed that a child-molesting priest had reformed, enabling him to molest several additional children.It should not be necessary to catch the guy doing something perverted in order to expose him as a crook. It must have been obvious to everyone connected to the court for 25 years, and no one did anything about him.
For a quarter century Stuart Greenberg testified as an expert in forensic psychology, an inscrutable field with immense power. Purporting to offer insight into the human condition, he evaluated more than 2,000 children, teenagers and adults. His word could determine which parent received custody of a child, or whether a jury believed a claim of sexual assault, or what damages might be awarded for emotional distress.His peers elected him their national president. ...
But his formidable career was built upon a foundation of hypocrisy and lies.
All this wrong-doing made him a star in family courts in King County, Washington, where judges in divorce cases rubber-stamped his recommendations about which parent should receive custody of a child. “At conferences and in classrooms, in Washington and beyond, he taught others to do what he did. He became his profession’s gatekeeper, quizzing aspirants, judging others’ work, writing the national certification exam.” Later, state courts sealed his disciplinary records, permitting him to continue his wrongdoing even after it was well-known to state regulators, who did nothing about it. He was finally apprehended after he was caught videotaping his own employees using the restroom for his own sexual gratification.
I found the story with this unrelated story of a 39-year-old man with alleged PTSD who sought a restraining order against an 86-year-old neighbor woman, without him having to appear in court. The trial court dismissed his complaint, but the appeals court voted 6-1 to reinstate it.
No, I do not always side with the man. Most PTSD is a phony way to claim a disability. The guy's claim is probably completely frivolous, and he certainly should not get anything without appearing in court.