An investigation that began with a bizarre crash and confession prompts action and change in the Indiana court system. In the next phase, a stonewalling bureaucracy and another potential pool of victims that numbers in the thousands.
The year-long WNIN and Side Effects investigation uncovered a list of cases for which Bloomington psychologist Albert Fink is suspected of possibly falsifying mental evaluations. Local courts have closed the case against Fink. However, after we contacted them, officials with the state's highest court have reached out to the defendants in the suspected cases.
In Indiana, most criminal case mental competency exams are performed in a county jail. Psychologists say that's a bad idea. We went inside the Vanderburgh County Jail to find out how the process works and ran smack into an incident with an aggressive, mentally ill inmate.