Unless you’ve been under a rock these last few weeks, you’ve heard of Brock Turner, the Stanford student convicted by a unanimous jury for the rape of a 23-year-old woman. On the night of the incident, Brock was discovered having sex with an unconscious woman behind a dumpster. When the students who spotted him intervened, Brock fled, was run down and detained, and the police were called. What followed was a year-and-a-half of legal bullshit, during which time Brock’s attorney publicly humiliated and shamed his female victim in court. In the end, justice seemed to prevail when the jury found Brock guilty… but then Judge Aaron Persky of the Santa Clara Superior Court turned the tables by sentencing Brock to six months in jail with three years’ probation, much less than the six years the prosecution was asking (for a crime that has previously garnered sentences of up to 14 years for perps who were not white privileged college freshmen).
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The doctors have a name for it: confabulation. The filling in gaps in memory by unconstrained fabrication.
In the latter half of the 19th Century, there was this Russian psychiatrist named Sergei Sergeyevich Korsakov observed this behavior in chronic alcoholics. Most often, these patients resorted to imagination to compensate for irregular memory loss and impaired ability to acquire new information.
The phenomenon is called Korsakov's psychosis.
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