Sunday, June 3, 2012

Bulletin: Michael Arena; To be freed as a result of damaging false testimony from psychologist testifying for the state; The Statesman.

STORY: "Arena who fought questionable pedophile test, to be freed from prison, by reporter Chuck Lindell, published in the Statesman on June 1, 2012.

GIST: "Last month, the Texas Supreme Court threw out Arena’s sentence, ruling that a prosecution witness, Georgetown psychologist Fred Willoughby, provided damaging false testimony during his 1999 trial. Based on results from a questionable psychological test given when Arena was 16, Willoughby told jurors that Arena was a pedophile who was likely to strike again — but he overstated the test’s accuracy rate and scientific support, the court said. Willoughby told jurors that Arena was classified as a pedophile based on a test that required the teen to click through images of swimsuit-clad people of various ages while the computer secretly measured how long he viewed each photo. But according to the Supreme Court, Willoughby overstated the test’s 65 percent accuracy rate, saying it was 85 percent effective, and improperly testified that a Brigham Young University study certified its accuracy. Instead, the study raised serious questions about the test, noting that its ability to distinguish pedophiles from “nonoffenders was not significantly better than chance.”

Read the back story of Arena’s case here.

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