Defense lawyers will try anything:
The slave syndrome is an untested theory that has never been offered in court. It comes from Joy DeGruy-Leary, an assistant professor in the Portland State University Graduate School of Social Work.
DeGruy-Leary testified earlier this month that blacks are affected by past centuries of U.S. slavery because the original slaves were never treated for the trauma of seeing relatives whipped, raped and killed.
Because blacks never got a chance to heal and still face oppression, they suffer from multigenerational trauma – and violent or aggressive behavior often results, she said.
Washington County Judge Nancy W. Campbell recently threw out DeGruy-Leary’s pretrial testimony, noting that the theory has not been proven.
But the judge said she would reconsider the defense for Bynum’s September trial if his lawyer can show the slave theory is an accepted mental disorder with a valid scientific basis and specifically applies to this case.
“I think it can be proven,” Vogt said. “The problem is it’s brand new. It’s not as easy to present in court as something that’s been established over years.” Or perhaps the problem is that it’s complete bullshit…