Friday, January 20, 2012

Color of Law Abuse: Constitutional Rights Violation

The following is the text of a live chat I had with an employee of the D.C. Superior Court's Juror Office on Friday January 20, 2012 (3:00 PM).  The employee advised me that in the future event I am summoned for jury duty I will be legally required to advise the Court that a psychiatrist has diagnosed me with delusional disorder.  The D.C. Court of Appeals in 1998 affirmed a prior D.C. agency determination that my belief that I was a victim of job harassment was diagnosed as a delusional "disorder" by a practicing psychiatrist, Gertrude R. Ticho, M.D.  Freedman v. D.C. Department of Human Rights, D.C.C.A. no. 96-CV-961 (Sept. 1, 1998).

All of my subsequent treating psychiatrists to the present day concur that my belief that I was a victim of job harassment at the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld is delusional.

A psychiatric assessment made by the McClendon Center in 2009 expressly states that my belief that I was a victim of job harassment at the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld is delusional:
  • Cl's paranoia and delusions led him to believe he was being harassed at work. He made a complaint that was investigated. Cl was fired after the investigation contradicted his reports of harassment. Cl stopped working at 37 after delusions interfered with his ability to work. Cl expresses interest in returning to work but is concerned about his ability to get along with others and possibly being harassed in the workplace.

Mrs. Diallo: Welcome to our real-time support chat. How can I help you today?

Visitor: I have been diagnosed with severe mental illness by my psychiatrist. He says I am delusional. I do not believe that I am delusional and that my psychiatrist is wrong. I believe I have a constitutionally protected right to serve on a jury impaneled by D.C. Superior Court. My question is: Do I have a legal duty to disclose to the court that my psychiatrist thinks I am delusional? Again, I do not believe I am delusional and I think I have a right to serve on a jury.

Mrs. Diallo: What is your full name and juror barcode number from the summons?

Visitor: My full name is Gary Freedman. I have not been summoned for jury duty. I am asking this question for future reference.

Mrs. Diallo: Yes, there is a question on the summons that states if you have a mental/physical disability which would permit you from serving. You would have to state that to the court.

Visitor: Thank you. That answers my question fully.

1 comment:

Gary Freedman said...

I think Mrs. Diallo meant "preclude" instead of "permit" in her typed response.