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We have two new Team AROD filings to note, the first an unopposed motion to extend the pretrial motions deadline until March 12. The second filing is more noteworthy. Team O’Dwyer has filed a motion in opposition to transferring Ashton to a federal facility to have him mentally evaluated. We reported on the government’s motion here. In that post I opined:
I don’t know what kind of read that transcript of the 2/1/10 hearing is but it may be a doozie knowing Ashton.
It evidently was but Ashton’s public defender brought in some reinforcements in Ashton’s Doc, Wallace Jeanfreau who testified at the February 12th hearing:
…….the behavior demonstrated by Mr. O’Dwyer during the February 1st hearing was indicative of an individual who was undergoing withdraw from Paxil.
Our readers will recall I immediately zeroed in on the fact something was not right in one of my first posts on this topic shortly after he was arrested.
Those wanting to see some of the behind the scenes O’Dwyer missives to which we have been privy can click here to see the criminal complaint. It was the email that got him arrested that confirmed my long held suspicion that Ashton had problems with bipolar disorder:
Also convey to Judge Brown a reminder that I have been totally without money since the weekend of January 8, 9 and 10, and that I have been without my anti-depressant medication, for which I have sought leave to pay Walgreen’s from my most recent Social Security check, since last weekend. I could not sleep last night, which I attribute to the effects of abruptly stopping my medication on Sunday….
Evidently even after he was arrested Ashton did not get his medication, at least early on. Public defender Cynthia Cimino noted that fact in a footnote to her motion in opposition which mentioned the email that got him arrested. I did some quick googling and found a website that lists the withdrawal symptoms associated with Paxil:
- intense insomnia
- extraordinarily vivid dreams
- extreme confusion during waking hours
- intense fear of losing your sanity
- steady feeling of existing outside of reality as you know it (referred to as depersonalization at times)
- memory and concentration problems
- Panic Attacks (even if you never had one before)
- severe mood swings, esp. heightened irritability / anger
- suicidal thoughts (in extreme cases)
- an unconventional dizziness/ vertigo
- the feeling of shocks, similar to mild electric one, running the length of your body
- an unsteady gait
- slurred speech
- profuse sweating, esp. at night
- muscle cramps
- blurred vision
- breaking out in tears.
- hypersensitivity to motion, sounds, smells.
- decreased appetite
- abdominal cramping, diarrhea
- loss of appetite
- chills/ hot flashes
Could it be that cutting the man’s access to his meds made Ashton’s already erratic behavior worse at that hearing? You betcha it did. I still think Ashton has problems that go beyond depression but the treatment for those is found in a properly equipped hospital not the local jail house. Our readers can find Team O’Dwyer’s motion to extend here and his Motion in Opposition to the mental health exam here.