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Michael Ejercito
2020-01-12 16:41:27 UTC
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Yale Psychiatrist Issues Diagnosis of "Psychotic" for Defending
Constitutional Rights
by Alan M. Dershowitz
January 11, 2020 at 5:00 am

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Dr. Bandy Lee is literally claiming that we are mentally ill and our views
should be considered symptoms of our illness, rather than as legitimate
ideas.

Publicly offering "professional opinions" or diagnoses in the absence of a
psychiatric examination, is a violation of psychiatric ethics and the rules
of the American Psychiatric Association.

Dr. Lee has a history of such unethical conduct....

Her resort to diagnosis rather than dialogue is a symptom of a much larger
problem that faces our divided nation -- too many Americans are refusing to
engage in reasoned dialogue with people with whom they disagree. Dr. Lee is
part of that problem, not its solution.


Pictured: Professor Alan Dershowitz listens to U.S. President Donald Trump
speak during a Hanukkah Reception in the East Room of the White House on
December 11, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

A Yale professor of forensic psychiatry has diagnosed guess who -- yours
truly -- as suffering from "psychosis" for expressing legal views that
happen to be on the Constitutional rights of President Donald Trump. Dr.
Bandy Lee has never met me, never examined me, never seen my medical
records, and never spoken to anyone close to me. Yet she is prepared to
offer a diagnosis of "psychosis" which she attributes to my being one of
President Trump's "followers." (I voted for Hillary Clinton and am a liberal
Democrat.)

Indeed, Dr. Lee went even further, diagnosing "the severity and spread of
'shared psychosis' among just about all of Donald Trump's followers." Nor
does she seem to be using these psychiatric terms as political metaphors,
dangerous as that would be. She is literally claiming that we are mentally
ill and our views should be considered symptoms of our illness, rather than
as legitimate ideas.

Publicly offering "professional opinions" or diagnoses in the absence of a
psychiatric examination, is a violation of psychiatric ethics and the rules
of the American Psychiatric Association. According to that esteemed
organization, "it is unethical for a psychiatrist to render a professional
opinion to the media about a public figure unless the psychiatrist has
examined the person..."

Dr. Lee has a history of such unethical conduct. She previously diagnosed
President Trump as being psychotic. Now she is doubling down accusing me of
having a "shared psychosis" with President Trump, and having "wholly taken
on Trump's symptoms by contagion."

Dr. Lee's absurd conclusions rest on the factual assumption that I am guilty
of sexual misconduct in the Jeffrey Epstein case, despite overwhelming
evidence that I never even met the woman who accused me. My accuser has
essentially admitted never meeting me in a series of emails and a draft
manuscript that she unsuccessfully tried to hide. Her own lawyer, in a
recorded conversation, has admitted that it was impossible for us to have
met and that she was "wrong ... simply wrong" in accusing me. Despite this
overwhelming evidence -- all documented in my book, Guilt by Accusation: The
Challenge of Proving Innocence in the Age of #MeToo, Dr. Lee includes as a
factor in her diagnosis, my unwillingness to show "remorse" for something I
did not do. She cites as additional "proof" of my "psychosis" that I express
"delusional level impunity," and a "lack of empathy." All this without ever
meeting me!

She also believes that my use of the word "perfect" -- the same word used by
Donald Trump in describing his phone call to the Ukrainian President -- is
evidence of a "shared" psychosis. She does not mention that I used the word
"perfect" in the context of rebutting the false accusations against me and
proclaiming, quite truthfully, that I have never had sex with any woman
other than my wife, since the day I met Jeffrey Epstein. I used the word
"perfect" in reference to my fidelity during the period in which I was
falsely accused, just as someone might say she had a "perfect" attendance
record. Moreover, Dr. Lee neglects to mention that the interview during
which I used that word took place months before President Trump used it. I
guess she believes he caught the contagion from me.

It is difficult to imagine anyone ever hiring Dr. Lee as a forensic
psychiatrist to offer an actual diagnosis of a litigant. On
cross-examination she would have to admit that she has diagnosed "just about
all of Donald Trump's followers" as having "shared psychosis." This would
likely include jury members and perhaps the judge, along with millions of
voters.

If it is difficult to imagine Dr. Lee as an effective forensic witness, just
try to imagine her as a fair teacher. Even at Yale, some of her students are
likely to be Trump followers. Would she grade them -- or diagnose them?
Would she prescribe anti-psychotic drugs to her students who she believed
were Trump "followers"? Would she refuse to recommend them because of their
illness? Would they be entitled to the protection of the American with
Disabilities Act? Does she teach her students to diagnose their classmates
and friends who disagree with them politically, instead of engaging with
them?

Her resort to diagnosis rather than dialogue is a symptom of a much larger
problem that faces our divided nation -- too many Americans are refusing to
engage in reasoned dialogue with people with whom they disagree.

Dr. Lee is part of that problem, not its solution.

Alan M. Dershowitz is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law Emeritus at
Harvard Law School and author of the forthcoming book, Guilt by Accusation:
The Challenge of Proving Innocence in the Age of #MeToo, Skyhorse
publishing, November 2019.

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Klaus Schadenfreude
2020-01-12 18:17:24 UTC
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Yale Psychiatrist Issues Diagnosis of "Psychotic" for Defending
Constitutional Rights
by Alan M. Dershowitz
January 11, 2020 at 5:00 am
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Dr. Bandy Lee is literally claiming that we are mentally ill and our views
should be considered symptoms of our illness, rather than as legitimate
ideas.
I love that her terminal case of TDS causes her to break the Goldwater
rule on us as well as Trump.
Michael Ejercito
2020-01-13 01:25:20 UTC
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On Sun, 12 Jan 2020 08:41:27 -0800, "Michael Ejercito"
Post by Michael Ejercito
http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/15416/bandy-lee-trump-dershowitz
Yale Psychiatrist Issues Diagnosis of "Psychotic" for Defending
Constitutional Rights
by Alan M. Dershowitz
January 11, 2020 at 5:00 am
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Dr. Bandy Lee is literally claiming that we are mentally ill and our views
should be considered symptoms of our illness, rather than as legitimate
ideas.
I love that her terminal case of TDS causes her to break the Goldwater
rule on us as well as Trump.
Trump makes the Woketarian Left cry!


Michael

CUNTICA
2020-01-12 19:25:49 UTC
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On Sun, 12 Jan 2020 08:41:27 -0800, "Michael Ejercito"
Post by Michael Ejercito
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Yale Psychiatrist Issues Diagnosis of "Psychotic" for Defending
by Alan M. Dershowitz
January 11, 2020 at 5:00 am
...and you can add Alan Dershowitz, the accused pedophile and friend
of Jeffrey Epstein, to that list. What is wrong with you?
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