Defense Allowed At Poplawski Psychiatric Interview

By: Harold Hayes

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – When a prosecution psychiatrist interviews Richard Poplawski at the Allegheny County Jail, Poplawski’s defense attorneys will be present.

That’s just one of the issues that was settled when Poplawski came face to face with Judge Jeffrey Manning on Wednesday.

Defense attorneys objected to the interview itself, but the judge made it clear the decision is not up to the defense and that the lawyers can be present. However, they cannot interfere with the interview. The defense already has its own defense psychiatry team.

The judge called Poplawski forward and made sure that he understood that his defense team will only offer so-far-unspecified mental health issues in the penalty phase of the trial, should he be convicted. Nothing he says to the prosecution psychiatrist can be used in the guilt phase of the trial against him.

It was also made clear that if he is not cooperative with the the prosecution’s psychiatrist, the defense can’t use their own psychiatric evidence. When asked if he understood each point, Poplawski replied, “Yes.”

Poplawski is accused of killing Pittsburgh officers Eric Kelly, Stephen Mayhle and Paul Sciullo in April of 2009 during a domestic call in Stanton Heights. The trial has been delayed for a number of reasons including, the defense claiming it needed more time to prepare its case.

But, when it was learned today that a defense expert had not prepared a report in written form, Judge Manning threatened to withhold payment to that expert since those expenses are being paid by taxpayers.

Early on in the case, psychiatric tests for Poplawski were expected to top $4,000.

A jury from Dauphin County, Pa. will be brought to Pittsburgh to hear the case.

Jury selection begins in June.

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One Comment

  1. STEVE says:

    WHY ON EARTH IS THIS MAN STILL BREATHING? YOU STINKIN RIGHT TO LIFERS AND LIBERALS ARE GONNA BE THE DOWNFALL OF THIS PLANET

    1. Chris says:

      Everyone has a right to a fair trial. Maybe you are not educated enough to know the finer points of the law perhaps??

      1. KIm says:

        A fair trial would be to hang the SOB! We are wasting tax payer money! He killed these three officers in cold blood infront of the whole community!!

      2. ANTHONY says:

        Hey Chris,
        Here is a finer point for you… And trust me, i dont need to spell it out!!

  2. bobbyjo says:

    Early on in the case, psychiatric tests for Poplawski were expected to top $4,000. So the taxpayers get stuck with the bill when in reality his wothless mother should be paying the bill along with standing trial whith this pos since she let the police walk into that ambush. She was aware that dirtbag had a gun and was waiting to shoot the police when they arrived.

    1. Dan says:

      The mother told the 911 dispatcher that there were guns in the house. So are you going to hold the 911 operator liable as well?

  3. STEVE says:

    HEY CHRIS, YOUR EITHER A LIB OR JUST PLAIN STUPID. EXPLAIN TO ME WHY YOU THINK THIS GUY WONT BE TRID FAIRLY. HE SHOULD BE TREATED DECENTLY THEN TAKEN OUT AND BE DECENTLY SHOT. KEEP TAKING OUR TAX MONEY SO HE GETS THREE MEALS A DAY AND FREE HEALTH CARE. YOUR THE ONE WHO NEEDS SOME EDUCATION.

    1. THE OTHER STEVE says:

      HEY STEVE I HOPE YOU DON’T OWN A GUN YOU SOUND LIKE A VIOLENT PERSON.
      TAKE YOUR MEDS JUNIOR AND CALM DOWN DUDE.

  4. Glass House says:

    > _YOUR_ THE ONE WHO NEEDS SOME EDUCATION

    You’re

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