Dr. Warnick, senior neuropsychologist testified in the afternoon. As she is a defense witness, she obviously has also reported that ayres is demented to some degree. Warnick did not meet with ayres with frequency or regularity, and observers report that she seemed much more objective than the other two who testified earlier in the day -- significantly more objective than the flaky Knoblauch.
Warnick did lots of testing with ayres, and come to the conclusion that while he performs well (even exceptionally well) on most tests, he is suffering mental deficit (Again, in the areas that everyone has been reporting -- the same areas that are most commonly faked by people trying to avoid "malingering" accusations -- the areas that are most difficult for a professional to refute.)
Warnick also stated that ayres is definitely "over-inflating" his memory impairment. When asked by the prosecutor if it was possible that ayres is over-inflating ALL of his impairment, the doctor said that yes, it is possible. (Yet, she stands by the conclusion that she had already drawn: that ayres is suffering deficit in a few areas.)
Warnick had other observations about ayres:
Warnick noted that ayres suffers sleep apnea and thyroid issues that could both contribute or cause the deficits that she is noting. (Earlier reports indicated that ayres was denying treatment for these issues while at Napa -- perhaps we'll see if this holds true later on in the trial...)
Warnick further noted that ayres was "unpleasant" and irritable, he had no concern over failure of tests. (Which flies in the face of flaky Knoblauch's testimony that ayres was malingering out of a sense of pride.) She also states that ayres has "poor emotional control," "poor behavioral control," and "poor judgement." She reports that he is verbally disinhibitive, ranting (more than 15 minutes of ranting at one point) and that he broke his pencil at one point during a fit of rage.
Warnick claims that ayres is not feigning dementia (concluding that McIlnay's claim that ayres is malingering is not accurate), and that ayres is over-inflating his memory impairment.
Conclusion for day one: We have a full-on pissing match between doctors at Napa, and it seems like the least flaky of the defense witnesses so far, Dr. Warnick, has done a pretty good job covering her ass.
In the press:
The Mercury News has a blurb up.
Don't bother reading: the guy sat there the whole time, and missed 99% of the significant details.
The San Mateo Daily Journal has an article up (pdf) today as well. Read it.
This is a pretty good article. Durand took her time, and dug a little deeper. Of note, she digs a bit more into some of Knoblauch's testimony (note that the emphasis below is mine):
Under cross-examination, Knoblauch agreed Ayres was consistent in drawing attention to his deficits like memory loss and said he thought he’d be convicted if tried again because society is currently less tolerant of child molestation.
Knoblauch, who found Ayres sufficiently understood several legal areas required for competency such as plea bargains and listening to his attorney’s advice, concluded he was impaired in “his ability to cope with incarceration pending trial.”
Remind me: if I ever get convicted of anything, I need to hire a shrink to say that I'll have a difficult time coping with incarceration, so that they will have some sympathy for me.
What a fucking waste of oxygen this Knoblauch character is. I assume taxpayer money is being used to pay this asshole... this really has gone too far.
william hamilton ayres was arrested on April 5, 2007 on charges relating to his molestation of many young boys while he was alleging to provide psychiatric care to private patients as well as referrals for evaluation from the juvenile court system in San Mateo County. ayres has been delaying his way through the system free from custody until this latest gambit to skirt prosecution by playing demented for the courts. ayres is currently under the conservatorship of his daughter Barbara Ayres of Sacramento, CA.
ayres has had significant interaction over the years with local politicians on boards like the "Children and Families First Commission," including the DA who was serving when prosecution began Jim Fox and Assemblyman Rich Gordon. In fact, Gordon nominated ayres for a lifetime achievement award for his "Tireless effort to improve the lives of children." ayres has also been vocally supported during his criminal trial by local head-shrinkers like Bart Blinder, Etta Bryant, Mel Blaustein, Harry Coren, Tom Ciesla, Robert Kimmich, Larry Lurie, Maria Lymberis, Richard Shadoan, Captane Thomson, and Harold Wallach.