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Saint Vincent College Criminology Program Plans Seminar on Mental Defenses Sept. 27

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Posted: Wednesday Sep 19, 2012

September 19, 2012

Saint Vincent College Criminology Program will present a seminar on “The Seven Ways in Which Mental Defenses Affect Criminal Cases” at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 27 at the Fred M. Rogers Center on campus. The program is free and open to the public. Attorneys who attend may also seek Certified Legal Education (CLE) credit for a $50 fee.

According to Bruce A. Antkowiak, counsel to Saint Vincent College and Archabbey and director of the Criminology, Law, and Society Program, “this innovative and provocative session should be of interest to anyone interested in the criminal justice system or mental health programs in the area.”

The main presenter will be the Honorable John C. Kennedy, a Saint Vincent College graduate who was recently named a Judge for the Court of Appeals of the State of New Jersey. Judge Kennedy is a recognized authority in this area and is a well-regarded legal educator.

He will be joined by Dr. Jon Vallano of the University of Pittsburgh who will discuss the mental health issues that affect the interrogation process in criminal investigations and the impact they have on the validity of confessions obtained. A panel discussion on the ethical problems faced by practitioners dealing with defendants with mental health issues will also be presented and will feature Stephen Kuniak, a mental health program director and counselor.

Reservations are requested by contacting Sandy Frye in the Criminology Office at 724-805-2670.

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