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She Did It! No, She Did It!

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Once more, a familiar, vexing legal question was tackled in New York City in December when Diana Williamson was sentenced to three years in prison upon conviction for defrauding Medicaid of $300,000 by writing bogus prescriptions. She’d strongly asserted “her” innocence, claiming only one of her multiple personalities (uncontrollable by the others) had committed the crime. The most memorable NOTW “dissociative identity disorder” case was in 2002, when a Montana judge favored a woman by ruling her spontaneous murder confession as one identity was inadmissible because one of her other identities had already “lawyered up” after a Miranda warning.

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