Friday, November 25, 2011

Witness for the Prosecution


During the period 2004-2005 I was a psychotherapy out-patient with the D.C. Department of Mental Health (Spring Road Clinic) under the care of Israella Bash, Ph.D.  Dr. Bash is a forensic psychologist who qualifies as an expert in court proceedings.  Dr. Bash is the co-author of "The Determination of Malingering," Annals of the N.Y. Academy of Sciences, 347(1): 86-99, June 1980.

It was Dr. Bash's professional opinion that I was engaged in malingering while I was her patient and that I was fully employable.  Perhaps the U.S. Attorney would like to call Dr. Bash as a witness for the prosecution for the crime of defrauding the U.S. Social Security Administration -- which I appear to be engaged in.

5 comments:

Gary Freedman said...

Summary of one of my sessions with Dr. Bash:

http://dailstrug.blogspot.com/2009/11/utter-worthlessness-of-dc-dept-of.html

Gary Freedman said...

"Let's all go to the lobby." (I was born in December 1953.)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Let%27s_All_Go_to_the_Lobby

Gary Freedman said...

"Murder in the Lobby" based on the tune "Let's all go to the lobby."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKD0BFfA0WI

Gary Freedman said...

I first saw the Billy Wilder movie Witness for the Prosecution on television when I was a boy.

Oddly enough, it was in that movie that I first learned the German word for "perjury."

Charles Laughton examines Marlene Dietrich on the witness stand:

--Mrs Helm, I presume you know the
meaning of the English word "perjury"? In German, the word is Meineid.

--Yes. Meineid.

--It means to swear falsely under oath. And are you aware, Mrs Helm,
that the penalty in this country for perjury is a heavy term of imprisonment?

--Yes, I'm aware.

The word "meineid" is a critical feature of the following interpretation of one of my dreams, "The Dream of Murder in the Lobby."

http://dailstrug.blogspot.com/2010/06/dream-of-murder-in-lobby.html

Gary Freedman said...

Am I at all concerned that Dr. Bash thought I was malingering and that I was employable in 2004-2005?

Not at all!

On October 12, 2004 10 MPDC and 4 FBI agents showed up at my door and hauled me off to DC General for an emergency forensic psych exam!!

Prosecute me with the testimony of Dr. Bash: Make my day!!