What’s Wrong With Dr. Geffner?

Though Dr. Geffner has some pretty hefty credentials he also has some serious issues having been impeached in some court cases. Check it out:

1.  His background is impressive, he is the Founder and President of the Family Violence and Sexual Assault Institute in San Diego, California. He has been a researcher and consultant for 28 years and has presented over 450 key note speeches.

2.  Now the bad news- for him: (This info is from a comment made by ‘Nancy B’ on the ‘My Crime Time’ blog). Regarding the Case of Cyndie O’Rourke v. James O’Rourke the court found Dr. Geffner to be nothing more than a ‘hired gun’ for the Mother in this case. This was a divorce/custody case where the Father prevailed. Apparently the MMPI test found ‘maladaptive personality traits’ in the Mother and Dr. Geffner challenged the use of the MMPI test and even went on to recommend that the Mother file ethics complaints against the other mental health professionals in the case.He felt he was the expert and the others were out of their expertise.  (Nancy B. shares a link for info. on the ‘My Crime Time’ blog). This indicates to me he will most likely imply the MMPI test is not valid in this case and Dr. Demarte doesn’t have the credentials that he does and her opinion is therefore inadequate.

3.  Dr. Geffner testified that he no longer treats patients but devotes all his time to consulting work related to his specialty. He has been an expert witness in a number of cases in different jurisdictions. Though he has testified in a great number of cases he stated that he did not remember very much about the facts of those cases.

4. In a Texas case; Clark v. Collins, 956 F.2d 68 (5th Circuit 1992) the court found that Dr. Geffner’s affidavit lacked credibility, in part because it was based on hearsay information supplied by the defendant’s attorney with no independent verification. (Sound like any defense attorneys we know who believe everything their client says?)

5. The court also excluded the Dr.’s testimony in Hawaii v. French, 129 P.3d 581 (Hawaii 2006) involving allegations of child sexual abuse.

6. In State v. Supulvado, 655 So.2d 623 (La. App. 1995) the court limited most of his testimony as he relied mostly on the information supplied by the defendant and he testified about effects of brain damage on emotional functioning though he is not a medical doctor.

7. So I dug a little more and found this:

Strickland v. Washington, 466 U.S. 668, 687, 104 S.Ct. 2052, 2064, 80 L.Ed.2d 674 (1984). “[C]ounsel is strongly presumed to have rendered adequate assistance and made all significant decisions in the exercise of reasonable professional judgment. Id. at 690, 104 S.Ct. at 2066.

22 The state trial court found that Dr. Geffner’s affidavit lacked credibility for three reasons: (1) the evaluation, which makes conclusions as to Clark’s conduct in 1987, was conducted five years later, in 1992; (2) Dr. Geffner did not review the court records or a transcript of the trial testimony; and (3) Dr. Geffner relied upon records from Clark’s childhood in Pennsylvania, with no records since 1976, and upon hearsay information supplied by Clark’s attorneys, with no independent verification of the information, and interviews with Clark. The state court further found that, even if credible, Dr. Geffner’s affidavit does not support a conclusion that Clark was either incompetent or insane at the time of the murders, or that he did not act deliberately within the meaning of the first special issue.

8. Oh, and did I mention he was an editor for Alyce LaViolette?

Should be a field day for Mr. Martinez!

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70 thoughts on “What’s Wrong With Dr. Geffner?

    1. Jim Schlichting

      Every time a guy and a gal shout profanity at each other she is not a battered woman! It’s what lovers sometime do and then make up!
      Stop making something physcological out of it, It’s life, period!!!!

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      1. edimminger Post author

        Yes, apparently not only have all my relationships been battered ones, I have also been the batterer at the same time!

    2. Pam Wilson

      My question is this. Why are people overlooking the fact that the jury has realized that none of this pertains to this case. If she did have a mental condition, they would not be there now. The previous jury would have already sentenced her to LWOP. It is in the constitution of our laws that a person who is mentally ill cannot be given the DP. If she were mentally ill, she would not be eligible for the DP and there would have been no sentencing phase. This is where Nurmi is failing in this entire trial. He is making the jury out to be stupid in hopes they will forget that. I am sure Juan will hit on this in closing arguments. Nurmi COULD have probably gotten a LWOP out of this had he stayed with the BPD. They might have felt sorry for her. Oh well, too late for him now! DP all the way.

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    3. Linda Ivey

      Everything you said above has already happened he has and continues to discredit Dr. DeMarte said her credentials were useless she was not educated and continues to trash Travis. I hope Juan has seen all this and can blow him out of the water. Him Latoilette, Samuels and Fonsy all need to loose any and all license the have and be taken to court for slander on Dr. DeMarte.

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  1. Just observing

    Excellent research. From Tyler, TX, Gettner’s previous address, where he taught at University of Texas at Tyler.

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      1. MzMadz

        I feel better too because of your initiative and refusal to let fear stop you from ‘digging down’ on this guy!!! Very, very well done – bravo!!!!

      2. s.noble

        Excellent research! Thank goodness, another breath of fresh air for Travis’ benefit. It’s about time Juan got rid of these slugs!

  2. GenevieveMDowe

    WOW… Dr. Geffner, [LaToilette’s buddy, who will appear for Hodi Jodi, on behalf of the defense, next Wednesday] apparently testified as an expert, in another case, on behalf of a monster, the appellant, Eric Charles Nenno, who raped and choked to-death a 7 year old girl, and claimed NOT TO REMEMBER doing it!!!

    Texas NENNO v. STATE

    Eric Charles NENNO, Appellant, v. The STATE of Texas

    No. 72313. — June 24, 1998

    Interesting, “The facts of the present offense were egregious.   Appellant raped and choked to death a seven-year-old girl…”, but since Nenno was convicted, he naturally, was appealing the verdict; just as Hodi Jodi will, assuming that she is convicted.

    From the document:– “In cross-examining Dr. Robert Geffner, one of appellant’s expert witnesses, the prosecutor attempted to introduce into evidence a document made by a colleague of Dr. Geffner.   The document was an interview with appellant and was one of the materials relied upon by Dr. Geffner in formulating his expert opinion…  

    PROSECUTOR:  Didn’t you tell us that as part of your evaluation that he said that he didn’t remember anything about this offense after it happened?

    WITNESS [Dr. Geffner]:    In the interview, yes.   Pretty much so.

    PROSECUTOR:  That he didn’t even remember where the body was placed?

    Defense counsel objected, the trial court sustained the objection, and, upon appellant’s request, instructed the jury to disregard the contents of the document.   Appellant’s mistrial motion was denied.”

    Another case, where this scum-of-the-earth murderer, like butcher Jodi Arias, claimed NOT TO REMEMBER ANYTHING ABOUT THEIR CRIME!!! Nice, guy, Dr. Geffner, huh…

    [Source: http://caselaw.findlaw.com/tx-court-of-criminal-appeals/1130950.html ]

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  3. genevievemdowe

    WOW… Dr. Geffner, [LaToilette’s buddy, who will appear for Hodi Jodi, on behalf of the defense, next Wednesday] apparently testified as an expert, in another case, on behalf of a monster, the appellant, Eric Charles Nenno, who raped and choked to-death a 7 year old girl, and claimed NOT TO REMEMBER doing it!!!

    Texas NENNO v. STATE

    Eric Charles NENNO, Appellant, v. The STATE of Texas

    No. 72313. — June 24, 1998

    Interesting, “The facts of the present offense were egregious.   Appellant raped and choked to death a seven-year-old girl…”, but since Nenno was convicted, he naturally, was appealing the verdict; just as Hodi Jodi will, assuming that she is convicted.

    From the document:– “In cross-examining Dr. Robert Geffner, one of appellant’s expert witnesses, the prosecutor attempted to introduce into evidence a document made by a colleague of Dr. Geffner.   The document was an interview with appellant and was one of the materials relied upon by Dr. Geffner in formulating his expert opinion…  

    PROSECUTOR:  Didn’t you tell us that as part of your evaluation that he said that he didn’t remember anything about this offense after it happened?

    WITNESS [Dr. Geffner]:    In the interview, yes.   Pretty much so.

    PROSECUTOR:  That he didn’t even remember where the body was placed?

    Defense counsel objected, the trial court sustained the objection, and, upon appellant’s request, instructed the jury to disregard the contents of the document.   Appellant’s mistrial motion was denied.”

    Another case, where this scum-of-the-earth murderer, like butcher Jodi Arias, claimed NOT TO REMEMBER ANYTHING ABOUT THEIR CRIME!!! Nice, guy, Dr. Geffner, huh…

    [Source: http://caselaw.findlaw.com/tx-court-of-criminal-appeals/1130950.html ]l

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  4. Don Eisner

    Seems there will be sufficient impeachment material. Is Dr. Geffner going to testify that the MMPI-2 is worthless? Or that the PDS is a better measure, even though there are no validity measures?

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  5. JZ

    Again, thank you for the time and effort you put into keeping us informed. I ead your blog after every trial day.
    My opinion on this witness, is that no matter what he says, it won’t be effective to do anything but make the jury have to listen to more psychobabble. I am not worried about this witness at all. I think some of the “snarky” juror questions really point to the fact that the information they share is not important to them (the bad haircut question, the lion vs bear attack question). They have seen the crime scene and autopsy photos, and whether she has PTSD, BPD, ABCDEFG, it really doesn’t matter because it is known she committed this murder. Remember, the defense brought PTSD into this case simply to try to explain JA’s “fog”. It was not to try to say that it was the reason she killed Travis. Dr Samuels’ PTSD diagnosis was directly related to the traumatic event of the murder (Well, Jodi Arias 2.0). T=This is the murder that she committed herself. Her own actions caused her PTSD (if we are assuming she has PTSD). So, all in all, the only benefit of this witness is to try to prove to the jury that JA isn’t lying about her “fog” and possibly to discredit DeMarte’s testimony which I just believe is possible. This jury has been directly lied to by JA, THAT is the greatest discrediting action that can occur.
    This will be a waste of time for everyone, but if it prevents a successful appeal in the future, have at it.

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    1. edimminger Post author

      Really well written! I think the jurors were being snarky too, the fact they had so few questions for Demarte spoke volumes to me. I think they are gong to sleep through this witness. Unfortunately I have to blog about it so I will be trying to stay focused…just kidding…I love it!

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      1. JZ

        LOL. If you focus on the task at hand instead of the content you will be fine. I agree that the limited number of questions to DeMarte is because they got all the information they needed. She was clear and concise. Again, I really think the psych experts are simply side notes.

  6. JZ

    I am curious as to how you are going to blog the closing arguments. I am sure they will be long (even though I am pretty sure Jen will do the closing for the defense). Your coverage of testimony has been so detailed. Will you summarize/paraphrase or do you think you will be able to actually post it all?

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    1. edimminger Post author

      I’m still contemplating…I heard Nurmi was going to close…which means I could probably get every word, but with Martinez–forget it! He is just too quick for me!

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      1. JZ

        Ugh, well good luck!! Wish I had suggestions for that. With Nurmi closing, as Mark Eiglarsh said, we can take a full nap between sentences. I wonder how much the jury will pay attention if he is the one doing it. I have heard/read that the jury quickly becomes disinterested when he is talking. During testimony, at least there is Q and A so the jury has the witness answers to look forward to, but to have him just drone on and on….. Not a good choice IMO
        Anyway, thanks again for everything you are doing.

  7. Meg

    This info is AWESOME! Wonder what fancy maneuvering tactics Willmont and Nurmi are going to try and do with this one. Talk about a Hail Mary. Good thing Martinez is there to intercept!

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    1. JZ

      I love a good football reference! Even if JM doesn’t ask this witness one question, he will be ineffective. Useless information. Premeditation has been proven IMO so her mental diagnoses make no difference.

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  8. mary g

    I just heard that this new expert is also going to testify that travis could have been able to keep going after the gunshot. is this true do you know?

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  9. Susan David

    Another idiot that will say anything for a buck….hope Juan has a field day with him….

    Will this guy know more than his cohort or is he too relying on the facts according to the murderers lies…

    Lets get on with the guilty verdict…..let me pick the arm.

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      1. jackie

        I’m sure she sicced him on JM for her revenge for calling her out on her lies and poor judgement in not speaking to anyone but jodi in all those 44 hours!!

      2. edimminger Post author

        She really did him a great favor- he was exposed and now everyone knows his history, his scam University and his book is bombing…thanks, Alyce!

  10. Gloria

    I pray that these jurors are smart and cannot be manipulated. I believe they will make the right decision of guilty of premeditated first degree murder. I mean I don’t want to think that all people are like the Casey Anthony and OJ Simpson jurors, among others. There have to be people out there that refuse to let a cold blooded calculating murder go without death penalty.

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  11. SjSchafer

    Well, he said he didn’t even see Jodi, all he did was look at the research of the previous Psychologists and ALV. Shoddy in my humble opinion. Of course it is a last ditch effort :0))

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  12. Bart McLendon

    At the beginning of his testimony, he testified that he was making no financial gain whatsoever by rendering his opinions in this case. Frankly, I don’t believe that for a second. And if Juan can prove otherwise, this charlatan is guilty of perjury…provably so. And the rest of his testimony will no doubt be stricken. And his career as a full-time, “pay-me-what-you-want-me-to-say” expert witness will be over.

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    1. Robin

      Sadly this information is out here yet the ones that need to hear it are the jurors. It doesn’t matter what we know. Ppl are getting their hopes up for the DP, yet forgetting we have so much more dentils than they do. It appears the jury question with DrD to her and DrG was pro DT, by the question it has to come from the psychologist in the jury. So unless Juan has this info and can get it before the jury other than affirming our feeling on DrG, it gets is no where. How can Juan get this info and get it out to the jury. It’s about time that Juan be allowed to get before this jury facts that thy need to know to understand who Hodi is and what evil leeks within.

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    2. Robin Creates Pretty

      Sadly this information is out here yet the ones that need to hear it are the jurors. It doesn’t matter what we know. Ppl are getting their hopes up for the DP, yet forgetting we have so much more dentils than they do. It appears the jury question with DrD to her and DrG was pro DT, by the question it has to come from the psychologist in the jury. So unless Juan has this info and can get it before the jury other than affirming our feeling on DrG, it gets is no where. How can Juan get this info and get it out to the jury. It’s about time that Juan be allowed to get before this jury facts that thy need to know to understand who Hodi is and what evil leeks within.

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    3. barbara

      Well well folks, there you have it. The secrets out. Goofy is at it again. What a disgusting display of ” professional” behavior. He’s shamful. Not to mention green isn’t his color, or is it. I’ve never seen someone so undenyeabily jealous of another in my life. And a fellow ( licenced ) DR. as well. A fresher, younger, more informed Dr.DeMarte spun circles around old man goofy. Can we say retirement folks? Say goodnight goofy, its time. There’s a new sherrif in town. Her name: DR. Janeen DeMarte………don’t forget it either……………………

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  13. Cate Ellington

    Dr Robert Geffner – it has recently been revealed by way of a hearing dated 10/6/14 in the Jodi Arias case- is himself the target of a sexual harassment claim by an employee or student working under him. I’d just LOVE to see what Geffs defense is. Be careful of the karma coming back around on you Geff- when you work to malign the memory of a brutal victim of murder and aid to perpetuate lies his murderer told by being an expert witness on her behalf- this is the kind of thing that comes back to bite you. Karma !!

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