The Notion of a Psychopath or Sociopath In Court And Lying

I saw this documentary not too long ago that covered the top of a psychopath and how this personality isn’t necessarily the way it is portrayed in a movie. For example, an axe wielding maniac that has no remorse for the people they harm. Instead, it goes into a conversation on how these are everyday people who could essentially be like your high ranking colleague at work that manipulates and abuses people to get ahead. You can see the documentary here which was called The Psychopath Next Door:

For Dr Hare’s work it seems like most people use this checklist he developed to identity a psychopath:

-Glib and superficial charm
-Grandiose (exaggeratedly high) estimation of self
-Need for stimulation
-Pathological lying
-Cunning and manipulativeness
-Lack of remorse or guilt
-Shallow affect (superficial emotional responsiveness)
-Callousness and lack of empathy
-Parasitic lifestyle
-Poor behavioral controls
-Sexual promiscuity
-Early behavior problems
-Lack of realistic long-term goals
-Failure to accept responsibility for own actions
-Many short-term marital relationships
-Juvenile delinquency
-Revocation of conditional release
-Criminal versatility

Why was this important? Just recently I read this article at a site called high conflict resolution and the article revolved around the topic of people that lie in family court which you can read at:

There were so many points that I agreed with where it seems like if people tell a false story in court in general there is simply nothing that is actually done about it. In the article it makes a statement that says while perjury is classified as a crime a lot of judges “may assume both parties are lying or just weigh their credibility.” To top it off the last part says “With no specific consequence, the risks of lying are low.” That last line had me pretty much saying “You wonder why some cases take so long?”

Now generally speaking a judge’s job is to try and flush out the truth in a non-bias manner correct? That’s why the section about “Detecting Deception” was really fascinating to me. It stated that “Few people can visually detect deception. Research on judges, federal polygraphers, psychiatrists and college students showed that all were no better than chance using a standardized videotape test. “

This reminded me of court again where for a lot of the process it didn’t seem like judges were actually forced to do their homework on cases such as reading all the documents ahead of time. Instead, to me it felt at times that certain people thought their year’s of experience was good enough. Like with my example, look at the wacky results that were produced in court where the main difference was who the judge was. In that sense, isn’t not reading the facts and instead relying on one’s senses in a way bias if you think about it?

Lastly, there was a part about examining records which states “Studies have shown that examining documents for contradictions has been more reliable than focusing on non-verbal cues. In fact, they have found that evaluators were best at lie detection when they were blind to nonverbal cues. Those who just read transcripts were the most accurate.”

Isn’t that how a court case should be handled? Example, first you read all of the person’s facts, testimonies and statements where when it comes time to actually see the people in-person then it is more about confirming those facts? That simply isn’t the case from my experience having gone through the BC court system.

Reading that article then made me think of that documentary I saw about a psychopath (Or some people label it as a sociopath). Let’s just pretend you had a professional psychologist confirm that someone had this type of a personality. From what I gather, it is all a game to them. Like say that family court example where it stated “A mother involved in a custody battle told the court in dramatic detail about physical abuse at the hands of her husband. She even submitted reports of visits to doctors and emergency rooms for her bruises.”

Pretend the person was a psychopath/sociopath and how they are really that good at manipulating people. Isn’t it fair to say that without enforcing things like a punishment for blatantly lying at any time throughout the court process it is simply encouraging people to abuse the system? Don’t forget the torment that the real victim would be going through too. I would imagine if the person knew they were going to be punished in a way that will affect them greatly when caught that it is a strong incentive to tell the truth which in-turn speeds up the court case.

Cause for most people I would imagine risk and reward is a motivator to doing things like blatantly telling a lie in court. If the worst case scenario is that someone will simply lose your case as is and they know they have a chance to manipulate people emotionally with no recourse then why would they not proceed to do so? It seems that people often need extreme examples to really understand the concern and so imagine if there was a personality type like this in court.

Powerful NyMag Cover of Bill Cosby Accusers



I am pretty sure almost everyone has heard on the news about Bill Cosby being accused of allegedly sexually assaulting a lot of women. They say a picture speaks a thousand words and for this magazine cover it showed a picture of 35 women who have been trying to tell their story about it only to have it individually dismissed for the most part. A the same time, that empty chair in the picture to me kind of symbolized how there may be more who simply don’t bother telling their story due to the fear of not being believed or possible retaliation.

When you put everyone together though it sure makes a more powerful statement huh? There was then one quote from the magazine by Tamara Green that stated ““People often these days say, ‘Well, why didn’t you take it to the police?’ Andrea Constand went to the police in 2005 — how’d it work out for her? Not at all. In 2005, Bill Cosby still had control of the media. In 2015, we have social media. We can’t be disappeared. It’s online and can never go away.”

That line definitely resonated with me as it made me think on how I created this site to share my story to hopefully promote change. Now of course my situation is probably not as fascinating to the general public due to the topic. But it did make me think of the suppression to be able to fully tell my story to help others as I am more of a facts person. Example, as you all know there is so much I am essentially not allowed to say due to nothing being documented in the pre-trial. A person suggested to me that legally courts must keep a record the conversations in pre-trial but even reading literatures like this say otherwise:


But overall, it still made me think to my original thought that these types of stories require an enormous amount of people to essentially package their stories together as opposed to people trying to go all in by themselves.

Follow The Money I Guess You Can Say

For those who live in BC I am sure almost everyone has heard about the incident of the premiere Christy Clark cancelling the closure of the Burrard bridge to celebrate international day of yoga. For those who are unaware, this generated a lot of backlash from the public for multiple reasons such as people feeling that this is money and politics coming into to play.

It seemed that the biggest reason that people reacted to this though was the premiere’s attitude about it. For example, even in her Twitter feed she posted a sort of “troll” remark to everyone who disagreed with her decision. As you see in the screenshot, here she says “Hey Yoga Haters- bet you can’t wait for international Tai Chi day.”


Eventually, she decided to back out of the event as well as a bunch of corporate sponsors due to the bad publicity it was getting.

Ever since my experience of going through the BC court system I gained a little extra interest in politics as I was surprised to learn details such as how judges are appointed by fellow lawyers. For whatever reason I always thought it was more democratic than that where it must involve the public. In many ways, that creates a scenario where people in the system don’t have to answer to anyone in the public. So, it made me think why did this situation cause a government body to back out whereas in many other situations things would just go as planned despite public resentment?


The only real thing I could think of was that maybe the corporate sponsors wanted to back out for fear of a backlash to its brand. Therefore, it has more to do with money. Maybe they didn’t feel they would get the return in sponsoring the event and so they backed out. Sad to say, it was highly unlikely due to addressing concerns of the public as an example.

That brings me back to my current thoughts on how if people want answers and tangible progress to fixing what many would say is a broken court system then you have to target items like the financials and get people to highlight it in a way that the general public will care. I recognize that in a situation where it’s about having and using a lot of money and influence to effectively highlight such a thing that it is definitely out of my capabilities as a single voice.

Who will that person be? For now, I will simply blog my opinions whenever I have time and present all my facts in hopes that a person with more influence and resources can use it as part of a bigger solution that will have impact.