HLN’s Dr. Drew known for his addiction recovery shows turns to misbehavior expert Darren Kavinoky to weigh in on the drunken rant by Judge Jaqueline Schwartz.
“Do judges have more difficulty with psychiatric and medical problems that affect their functioning perhaps more often then we like to think?” asks Dr. Drew. “I, as an addictionologist, feel terribly sorry for this woman. I hear this story and my heart breaks. I get angry and frustrated as we all would. Darren I’m certain you had some good excuses when you were in your disease.”
Judge Jacqueline Schwartz
“Oh my G*d, I got a million of them! But by the way before we go rushing to judgement about what was that’s going on here, there was a statement that came out, or at least her position is that she had taken some prescribed medication, that maybe [was] not taken exactly as prescribed,” says Darren Kavinoky.
“I have no doubt she’s taking prescribed medication,” interjects Dr. Drew. “I have no doubt that it’s a part of the problem. It’s almost always these days a part of the problem when people have impairments around substance abuse!”
“But how many times have we seen people report taking an Ambien and then waking up in the Burger King drive-thru or something like that?” asks Kavinoky.
“To me, in my humble clinical opinion, there’s impairment here, that this woman–to protect her–should be brought in preferably by her professional society, evaluated and given the care she needs. But in the meantime, lets say you’ve presented a case in front of her, how are you going to feel?” asks Dr. Drew of his attorney panelists.
“Ultimately it comes down to integrity in the system…this is more than just her behaving badly on a particular occasion, this is really about the public trust.”
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