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Posted: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 6:06 pm | Updated: 5:57 am, Thu Mar 15, 2012.

The plaintiff in the Michael Kelly civil trial, who said in previous testimony that he was sexually assaulted and fondled while he was in fifth grade in the 1980s, testified on Wednesday that he wasn’t sure in what grade some of the alleged incidents took place.

The former Stockton altar boy also refuted statements by clinical psychologist Amy Charney, who testified on Tuesday that the plaintiff told her that Kelly sexually assaulted him in fourth grade.

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  • Ross Farrow posted at 9:02 pm on Wed, Mar 14, 2012.

    Ross Farrow Posts: 104

    There will be two experts refuting the validity of repressed memory when the defense presents its case. Probably next week. Stay tuned....

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 8:08 pm on Wed, Mar 14, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    False memory syndrome refers to a condition in which an individual experiences a false but strongly believed memory of a traumatic experience.

    There have been numerous sensational law cases based on recovered memories. One example is the famous case of Beth Rutherford, who "recovered" a memory, under her therapist's guidance, that she had been regularly raped by her father as a child, and that he twice impregnated her and forced her to abort the fetus with a coat hanger. She sued her father, who eventually had to resign his job as a clergyman over the allegations. Later, medical examination confirmed that Rutherford was actually a virgin who had never been pregnant: her recovered memories of rape and abortion were actually false (see Loftus, 1997).




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