Texas Bans Psychologist Witness In Death Row Cases

AUSTIN (AP) – A psychologist who examined more than a dozen Texas death row inmates for intellectual disabilities, including several who were executed, has been banned by the state from performing future evaluations.

George Denkowski reached a settlement with the state Board of Examiners of Psychologists on Thursday after other doctors and defense attorneys raised questions about his methods.

The board’s order can’t be used as evidence to re-evaluate defendants in cases involving Denkowski.

Denkowski admitted no wrongdoing, but agreed to stop performing intellectual disability evaluations in criminal cases. He also must pay $5,500 in fines.

The U.S. Supreme Court in 2002 banned the death penalty for people with mental retardation.

Some lawyers say all cases with Denkowski’s testimony should be reviewed. He has served as a defense witness as well.

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  1. callen says:

    Why is this story lacking in details? What questions about his methods? Why should all testimony be reviewed? This sure looks like a cover-up to me. Is there something embarrassing to hide?

  2. Beanz says:

    Yeah, this was hella vague. Why did they put it up if they werent going to give ANY detail?

  3. Grandmama Janet says:

    As a retired professontal counselor, and having done mental health evalutaions, I wonder about the missing details.

    ALL CASES HE HAS DONE SHOULD BE REVIEWED FOR JUSTICE TO BE SERVIED.

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