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Fink in court Thursday

Steve Burger

The psychologist accused of falsifying the mental evaluation of a Vanderburgh County court defendant was back in court Thursday morning.

Albert H. Fink is charged with obstruction of justice and theft in the case.  Both charges are felonies. The investigation into the evaluation prompted a mistrial and caused Vanderburgh County prosecutor Nick Hermann to review over 70 cases in which Fink had some involvement.

Thursday, at a pre-trial conference held in Gibson County Circuit Court, his attorney, Jeffery Neal of Vincennes, asked for 60 days to review the large volume of evidence.  Vanderburgh County prosecutor Nick Hermann said the documents would be ready in the next couple of weeks.

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Vanderburgh County prosecutor Nick Hermann

After the hearing, Hermann said the case is complicated. "We're still very early in this case in the respect that it's a complicated case and that there's a lot of material. We're still in the process of discovery and getting that material to defense counsel and them to respond and to get their materials together so that we can sit down and evaluate where to go in this case."

Neal had no comment after the hearing. The next hearing was set for January 12th in Gibson Circuit Court.

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