Criminal Justice: Gag for Psychiatrists

The doctor-patient relationship is an intimate one. Most states consider such relationships privileged, and therefore what a man tells his doctor about his ill ness is as inadmissible in court as what he tells his lawyer or spouse. But what of the state-employed psychiatrist who treats an accused criminal? If the crim inal enters a defense of insanity, can the psychiatrist be a witness against him? Now the Minnesota Supreme Court has refused to create an exception for state psychiatrists. A doctor-patient relationship is a doctor-patient relationship, said the court, no...

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