Re: Andrea Yates' conviction overturned
The three-member panel of the Texas 1st Court of Appeals said it reversed the verdicts of a lower court in part because of errors in the testimony from the state's expert psychiatric witness, Dr. Park Dietz.
Dietz had told the jury Yates patterned the killings on an episode of the television series Law & Order, for which he had worked as a consultant. However, defense lawyers discovered the episode he cited never existed.
"We conclude that there is a reasonable likelihood that Dr. Dietz's false testimony could have affected the judgment," the court said in its unanimous ruling overturning the conviction.
If this is true, then the good doctor should be prosecuted for perjury. This is not an error on his part... it is lying. Why would he lie? I don't know why he would lie. Unless he thought it made him look like a big-shot to be a consultant on a TV program. Anyway I look at it, if true, he flat out lied. Now the taxpayers must take the burden of paying for a new trial. I am sure Dr. Dietz was paid for his testimony as well.
Small market fan... always hoping, but never expecting.