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Bad News for Michael Barisone In Court

Thursday, September 8, 2022
Posted by NancyJaffer.com
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Michael Barisone will spend at least the next six months in treatment at Greystone Park State Psychiatric Hospital, after the judge who presided at his attempted murder trial expressed concern today that the dressage trainer could be a danger to others if he is not held for treatment.

Photo: Michael Barisone before and after ©Nancy Jaffer

In April, the 2008 U.S. Olympic dressage team alternate was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the shooting of a former student, Lauren Kanarek, a case that drew national attention. He spent more than three months in the Ann Klein Forensic Center in West Trenton, New Jersey, after being transferred to the psychiatric facility from the Morris County Jail following his trial.

Today’s appearance was for a Krol hearing, which makes a special finding as to whether a defendant’s “insanity continues” and if so, rules on continuing confinement.

A clean-shaven and neatly barbered Barisone, dressed in a brown plaid jacket and open-necked shirt appeared before Superior Court Judge Stephen Taylor in Morristown, New Jersey, looking completely different than he did during his trial. At that time, he was unshaven, with long, tangled hair, wearing wrinkled shirts. Commenting on his “markedly different” demeanor, the judge wondered whether the unkempt look had been “for the jury’s benefit” at the trial.

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