Press release from Richard Harrington,
One of the experts relied upon by Holly Ramona in her action was
Laura S. Brown PhD. who recently came in last out of five candidates
for the office of president of the American Psychological Association.
In her article "The Private Practice of Subversion, Psychology
as Tikkun Olam," 52 American Psychologist, 449 April 1997, Dr
Brown states that she sees
Dr Brown continues:
The California Court of Appeal in its opinion filed on August 19, 1997 referred to the opinion of Martin T Orne, MD PhD. of the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, an expert witness for Gary Ramona who stated:
The court stated of the opinion of Holly Ramona's expert witness, Colin Ross MD FRCP, University of Manitoba that Dr. Ross' declaration was insufficient to create a triable issue of fact. His statements that "memory contamination can occur during a sodium amytal interview: and "the risk of contamination is increased" support our determination that Holly's testimony must be excluded under Kelly.
The decision referred to People v Kelly (1975) 17 Cal.3d 24. Under Kelly a "new scientific technique must be 'sufficiently established to have gained general acceptance in the particular field to which it belongs.' 17 Cal.3d at p. 30 (italics removed)" The court of Appeal held that the Kelly rule applied to exclude testimony of a person whose memory has been affected by a sodium amytal interview.
In an earlier case the father, Gary Ramona,recovered judgment of $500,000 against the therapists of Holly Ramona. The jury in Gary Ramona's malpractice action found by special verdict that the therapists were "negligent in providing health care to Holly Ramona by implanting or reinforcing false memories that plaintiff [Gary Ramona] had molester her as a child."
Richard Harrington, Attorney for Gary Ramona
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