Alek Minassian does not meet test to be found ‘not criminally responsible,’ psychiatrist tells court

A renowned forensic psychiatrist testified Thursday that in his opinion Alek Minassian does not meet the test to be found not criminally responsible for running down pedestrians in a rented van, killing 10 people and injuring 16.

Dr. John Bradford, who was retained by the defence to assess Minassian, said there may be a “hypothetical pathway” to a not criminally responsible finding available to Minassian based on his autism spectrum disorder alone — something that would be a legal first in Canada. But, based on Bradford’s own admittedly limited expertise with autism spectrum disorder, he doesn’t think it is viable because the symptoms of the disorder do not appear to deprive a person of an operating mind.

“My personal opinion is that, I accept that autism spectrum disorder, including high-functioning autism spectrum disorder, is a significant mental disorder. I don’t believe it reaches the impact that psychosis does,” Bradford said.

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Pennsylvania tightens mask restrictions and tells residents to wear masks inside their homes when non-family members are present

The Pennsylvania Department of Health announced new coronavirus restrictions this week, including the strengthening of face mask orders.

Face coverings, which were already mandated statewide, are now required outdoors and indoors, including in people’s own households when someone from outside of the household is present, even if the parties are socially distancing, according to Erie News Now.

“Strengthening masking order,” the Pennsylvania Department of Health tweeted Tuesday. “Masks are still required. Indoors: masks now required anytime you’re with people outside of your household, even if you’re socially distant. Applies to all indoor facilities + if you have people in your home not part of your household.”

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30km Anhwiankwanta-Obuasi road 70% complete – Contractor tells Akufo-Addo

President Nana Akufo-Addo has inspected ongoing work on the 30-kilometre Anhwiankwanta-Obuasi Road, as well as the ongoing construction of town roads within the Obuasi Municipality.

Inspecting the works on Wednesday, on day one of his 4-day tour of the Greater Accra Region, President Akufo-Addo was told by the contractor, Messrs. Joshob Construction, that the project is being constructed at a cost of ¢321.9 million.

The entire 30-kilometer road section has been formed and subbase placed, with 20 kilometers and 15 kilometers of crushed stone base and asphaltic binder respectively, having been laid.

Physical progress, the contractor told the President, is about 70% complete, stressing that the project implementation is ahead of schedule, and barring any challenger, the road will be completed 18 months ahead of schedule.

The contractor indicated that once completed, the road will enhance socio-economic activities, and facilitate the efficient movement of people, goods and services in Anhwiankwanta,

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