Court Cases Involving Forensic Psychiatry

PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN, Plaintiff-Appellee, v PERRY LENELL PIERCE, Defendant-Appellant

People v. Pierce, No. 325346, COURT OF APPEALS OF MICHIGAN, 2016 Mich. App. LEXIS 654, March 31, 2016, Decided,  THIS IS AN UNPUBLISHED OPINION. IN ACCORDANCE WITH MICHIGAN COURT OF APPEALS RULES, UNPUBLISHED OPINIONS ARE NOT PRECEDENTIALLY BINDING UNDER THE RULES OF STARE DECISIS.

This case arose when the defendant, Mr. Pierce, had stabbed a victim multiple times for stealing his phone. Mr. Pierce was charged with assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder and resisting arrest. The defendant stated that he did not have an intent to kill the victim but he knew the victim would try to steal from him along with others. Because of his responses during trial and his filed notice to claim insanity, Mr. Pierce was examined by Dr. Rickman at the Center for Forensic Psychiatry as well as Dr. Wolff. Both examiners verified that the defendant was mentally ill but was not legally insane. The defendant claims an appeal stating that there should have been witnesses from the “Riverwood” health center to defend his case of being mentally ill and legally insane. Mr. Peirce believes this lack of witnesses was due to poor defense counsel assistance. However, counsel states that the defendant was no evidence supporting Mr. Pierce’s admittance to “Riverwood”.

The defendants claim was again disproved by Dr. Rickman and Dr. Wolff who had pursued the “Riverwood” health center. They concluded that no one at this health center had treated Mr. Pierce. The defendants claim had no evidence even with the help of two highly reputable doctors. The defendant was no denied the assistance that his defense counsel provided because there was no evidence or witnesses to be called upon on behalf of Mr. Pierce. Thus this case is affirmed and the defendants claim was not justified.

Forensic Summary by Kiana DelGrosso

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