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Harlem, NY – Dr. Diana Williamson, 56, who pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy and health-care fraud charges in April, has asked Judge Loretta Preska that her sentencing not include jail.

Williamson was once lauded for her work with impoverished AIDS patients, but her reputation was deeply damaged in August 2010 when she was arrested for illegally prescribing 28,000 oxycodone pills to AIDS patients who didn’t need them, and then employing drug dealers to put the pills on the street.  She also defrauded Medicaid of over $300,000.

However, Williamson claims to have no recollection of those illegal activities because she says she suffers from multiple personality disorder, and that one of her dozen or so personalities, Nala, was responsible.  “Nala” is described by Williamson’s attorney, Jonathan Marks, as “mischievous, irresponsible, reckless and, as we have just discovered, criminal.”  It is the defense’s hope that its client’s psychiatric issues will be a mitigating factor in the sentencing phase of the trial.

“Nala, in Diana Williamson’s body, committed serious crimes,” Marks said, “The only issue is whether Diana, the host personality, was present when Nala was committing these crimes.”  Personally, the most difficult thing to believe here is that Marks probably uttered these words without a hint of smirk.

Williamson was diagnosed about 25 years ago with multiple personality disorder, believed to have been brought on by sexual abuse she suffered as a child at the hands of an infamously pervy priest in Massachusetts.  She, or at least her “host” personality, was able to complete college and obtain a masters and doctorate degrees despite the challenges posed by her diagnosed disability.

Williamson’s career as a doctor, however, was punctuated by a number of lengthy hospitalizations because, in addition to her purported psychiatric challenges, she has some pretty serious, well-documented physical health issues including “life-threatening allergic asthma and pulmonary hypertension.”  Her lawyer contends that no prison would be able to treat his client effectively, causing a stay of any length to effectively become a death sentence.

The good doctor is facing an 11 to 14 year sentence.  Judge Preska has put her decision off until October 19th when a report from the Bureau of Prisons is due.

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  • Sam

    No doubt she’s had a difficult life, but why should that absolve her of all responsibility for anything illegal she did later on? She was clever enough to obtain all those degrees. Assuming it really was another personality dealing the drugs, surely she should have been clever enough to figure out that she couldn’t remember what she’d done for large hunks of time when the other personality took over? Perhaps the bags of pills on her coffee table, hunks of cash hidden in her freezer, and dealers knocking on her door would have clued her in??

  • curiousalways

    28,000 oxy pills? Is it so wrong for me to want the street value of that in my banking account?

  • whoopsidaisies

    70 dollars per pill

  • http://www.facebook.com/beckygalindo84 Rebecca Lynn Galindo

    Pill like if it was 80mg it would drop to 60 per pill sickning that ppl blame mood disorders on being a street dr i think all her degrees make her the perfect for faking a mood disorder narcotics are tracked bitch KNEW what she was doing

  • JGo555

    Tha’s ok, bring Nala out and make HER who’s in prison. She’ll come out simply because of the criminal element she’ll be surrounded by.

  • CT

    Why is it that my other personality just sits around and drinks YooHoo and crochets condons out of old Target bags and this woman gets a fucking personality that makes her lots of money?

  • JohnQknowitall

    I am completely split on this one.

  • newstarshipsmell

    LOL, you are too funny.

  • come_and_see

    Her new personality; stuck in a prison and can’t get out.

  • CT

    Where is Cedric? He would have said – I see what you did there.

  • newstarshipsmell

    Does anyone else foresee her trial being endlessly delayed when “Nala” decides she doesn’t feel like showing up to take the stand?

  • curiousalways

    what! I thought you sat around drinking vodka! And how are those condoms working out for ya hon? Any unplanned pregnancies you may want to talk about? :)

  • Transducer

    This is a staged multiple personality disorder and part of a conspiracy to commit fraud.

  • JohnQknowitall

    Yeah… Where is Cedric?

  • newstarshipsmell

    Speaking of Cedric, I noticed this earlier: http://www.dreamindemon.com/2011/09/13/illinois-teen-charged-with-the-beating-death-of-his-parents/#comment-310001263
    Seems like he’s had that name in mind for awhile now… 😉

  • CT

    I am out of vodka – can you believe it? Thankfully I am surgically incapable of less than 2% chance of having anymore pregnancies – that and the fact that my uterus gave up and quit after having twins. And they say good things don’t happen to bitches – I’m proof positive.

  • Zazen

    Doctors can continue practicing with multiple personality disorders? That’s unnerving O.o

  • Zazen

    120 proof or 80 proof?

  • CT

    I got excited because at first I thought you were offering me booze.

  • curiousalways

    CT-you have twins and you let yourself run out of vodka? You need to get that bad girl personality to take control and run out to the nearest liquor store pronto!

  • Zazen

    Well, if you like, I’ve got a bottle of Grand Marnier with your name on it =D

  • tkaz

    I don’t know how I feel about this. Dissociative Identity Disorder is very real. MPD isn’t even the terminology used anymore.
    If she did it – she needs to be punished. But if her other identity didn’t even know what this one was capable of…there was no way to prevent it.
    We can’t ask a doctor not to work, can we? How will she make her living?
    If she goes to prison how will her other personalities “survive”?
    If she integrates that could take years. If she takes a stand to NOT practice another personality could decide TO practice….how can the system really make this work?
    The thing is, now that we know more – there’s suddenly a limit on justifying who should be in prison. We didn’t used to know about personality disorders or autism or anything else that makes it tough for a person to coexist in society…but now that we do, what do we DO when it comes to unlawful behavior?

  • http://www.facebook.com/JaimeMConfer Jaime Confer

    I have some 80 proof vodka or bourbon. I’ll gladly share. I don’t have twins, but I can sympathize with a 3yr old and 6month old.

  • RachelAnnPrince

    When I was a kid I used to blame everything on my imaginary friend . Now I just say I’m too stoned too say with all certainty if I did or did not do that. Works for my husband.

  • newstarshipsmell

    I hope the alter that pees on everyone takes over in the courtroom.

  • http://www.facebook.com/beckygalindo84 Rebecca Lynn Galindo

    Thank u my thoughts tooand lol sure iwill marry u it may b illegal tho since i am already lol

  • Pyncky

    I am Hordal “The land killer” Vyreith of the Trinastarian Vyreiths and I know for a fact that Nala did not do this reprehensible act. She was playing Rummi-Cube with me at the time and her host body was out doing The Great Gazoo knows what. Just sayin’. I know the pain Nala feels since I never know that the f*ck Pyncky is doing from moment to moment.

  • CT

    I should be there in 10 minutes.

  • CT

    Of course you do, muah!

  • CT

    Shoes and booze. Gotta love em.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Patrick-Richardson/100001691531919 Patrick Richardson

    That’s a pretty good defense. I’ll have to use that the next time I get a parking ticket since my four personalities should each get two hours to park in the same spot.

  • OutOfBubbleGum

    In the much anticipated sequel, “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Goes to Prison,” the story begins with the beloved doctor turning to a lifestyle of crime through drug dealing in order to under a sex change. The change is an attempt to prevent chronic memory loss for as every man who’s ever been in an argument with a woman knows, she never forgets.

  • curiousalways

    The shalt be ho Grand Marnier parties without me!

  • LeaveMeBe

    So, did all her personalities qualify for a medical license? Did she let her patients know that multiple “people” were possibly present when she was treating them? What about doctor/patient confidentiality? She broke a lot of laws, knowingly, as far as I’m concerned, even if one of her personalities was doing things without her knowledge.
    I am on the fence about MPD/DID, at the very least I do not believe it is like it is portrayed in the media, so I won’t flat out call bullshit. If she was aware that she had this diagnosis, she should have disclosed it to any medical board and I have a feeling she didn’t, so I’ll hold her responsible for the actions of her other personalities.

  • LeaveMeBe

    Do they have to subpeona all her other personalities? How in the hell are they going to stay outside of the courtroom when another one is on the stand? Can her other personalities file for wrongful imprisonment?

  • Sam

    A bit too much of an insight in your sexy-time preferences there, my friend.

  • newstarshipsmell

    Not really, nor am I turned on by ponchos.

  • Transducer

    Double marriage is illegal. However, a steamy affair is totally legit!

  • Sam

    Noted 😉

  • UniqueMommy1984

    Sounds like she needs to be in the nut house.

  • newstarshipsmell

    These are all excellent questions, which I pray the upcoming trial will answer each and every one of.

  • bethied

    I agree, this one is tricky. However, I think that anyone who suffers from any kind of mental or physical condition that causes a person to actually black out and lose conscious control of their behavior should absolutely not be a doctor. Or a pilot, or a cop, or a congressman or President. The stakes are too high when power/authority and public safety are on the line. She’s clear;y an accomplished and intelligent woman, she can find other means of livelihood that doesn’t come with a prescription pad.

    And while I totally acknowledge that DID is a real thing, I don’t know that it flies as a reason for not being locked up. It’s not an entirely different person who allegedly committed the crime, it’s a fragment of whatever makes up the “whole” of Dr. Williamson. It was her two hands and one brain that did the work and that makes her responsible for her actions, simply because Nala is not actually a different person.

  • http://twitter.com/Netstillblessed Net

    I think they should get lock her up, so her and Nala can work this thing out because next Nala will be committing murders and Diana won’t be able to stop her. Hell, who took got her through school and walked across the stage at graduation time from college, that personality was smart as hell she needs to console in that one.

  • Cyborg

    70!? the most I ever paid for an 80 is $50 and even that I felt ripped off.

  • Cyborg

    mhh…. I don’t remember this episode of United States of Tara. Maybe its a cross-over with Law & Order SVU.

  • kimbev69

    i’m calling bs on the diagnosis of MPD as far as my opinion goes it’s a bullshit diagnosis, when my son was going thru his issues 2 yrs ago..he was diagnosed with it…and about 10 other things…all of which he doesn’t have, and i’m not saying that because he’s my son..but because it was something entirely different

  • EveryVillainIsLemons

    How was she able to keep practicing medicine with that diagnosis? It’s a safety hazard.

  • skowhegan_scott

    Well just lock the guilty personality up and let the others go .

  • LeaveMeBe

    You need to explain this to me…in a PM…