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Criminology Program Presents Seminar on Mental Defenses

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Posted: Friday Sep 28, 2012




September 28, 2012

Saint Vincent College Criminology Program presented a seminar on “The Seven Ways in Which Mental Defenses Affect Criminal Cases” on Sept. 27 at the Fred M. Rogers Center on campus. Bruce A. Antkowiak, right, counsel to Saint Vincent College and Archabbey and director of the Criminology, Law, and Society Program, welcomed the Honorable John C. Kennedy, fifth from left, a Saint Vincent College graduate, a recognized authority in this area and a well-regarded legal educator, as the main presenter. Other participants included, from left, Dr. Jon Vallano of the University of Pittsburgh who discussed the mental health issues that affect the interrogation process in criminal investigations and the impact they have on the validity of confessions obtained; Saint Vincent pre-law students Justin Teets, Natalie Yanniruberto and Alex Correa; and Stephen Kuniak, a mental health program director and counselor. Judge Kennedy serves the Court of Appeals of the State of New Jersey and is a member of Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, New Jersey Defense Association and the New Jersey State Bar Association. A graduate of Seton Hall University Law Center, he was recently named an ASTAR Fellow by the National Judicial Science School in Washington, D.C.


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