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David Harris in the Tribune Review About Mental Health Information Used at Sentencing

In the sentencing phase of a child pornography case in Pennsylvania, the defendant's attorney argued that his action were connected in part to his diagnosis of Tourette Syndrome.  Professsor David Harris explained to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that this would not be a defense to the crime, but that judges hear a wider array of arguments at a sentencing hearing than they would for the determination of guilt or innocence.  "This testimony from the forensic psychologist is not being used to excuse or justify his conduct in a way that would result in his being acquitted. It is being used to offer an explanation to the judge as to how he ended up in this situation," Harris said. Link
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