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How does an adjudication hearing work?

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By Stacy Jacobson
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- With Alice Boland facing federal charges, her grad jury indictment said she had been adjudicated as mentally ill in the past. That she had not been adjudicated was the false statement the grand jury accused of her making.

ABCNews4 spoke with a man who testifies in these hearings to get an inside look at the process.

Dr. Bill Mulbry is a forensic psychiatrist. He attends adjudication hearings twice a week, for one-half of a day each. He does legal examinations on people he has not treated, he said.

Mulbry said he usually does about six in one day.

"We would sit down and interview the person for 15, 20 minutes. We often have their chart or paperwork from the hospital. We talk to them how they're doing," he said. "I'm not going to be treating them. I am there to evaluate them in a legal capacity."

After the evaluation, Mulbry writes a report for the judge. The patient, accompanied by his or her lawyer, then meets. The judge makes a ruling in one of three ways.

"His decisions are: one, they don't need anything. Or, he says that they probably would benefit from further inpatient treatment, or that they might benefit from further outpatient treatment," he said.

He said any ordered treatment is a form of adjudication.

We know now, after her grand jury indictment, that Boland fell under that category. The indictment said she lied about being adjudicated in order to buy the gun she used at Ashley Hall.

According to police, Boland purchased a gun from a Walterboro gun shop on Feb. 1 and showed up at Ashley hall School three days later. The gun was loaded and she tried to fire it several times, police said.

She was taken into custody and no one at the school was injured.

What followed was an uncovering of her life and mental history that revealed issues as a freshman at the College of Charleston and an incident in Montreal's airport that led to federal charges after she threatened the life of the president as well as the lives of members of Congress.

Records show Boland has been institutionalized and that doctors have treated her with a variety of anti-psychotic and mood-altering drugs.

She is currently being held in the Al Cannon Detention Center on a $900,000 bond.


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