Peter Braunstein admits to his attack on a a former colleague at Fairchild Publications in October of 2005 but has pleaded not guilty, blaming his actions on undiagnosed schizophrenia. Dr. Monte Buchsbaum, expert witness and professor of psychiatry at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, said that images of the activity in Braunstein’s brain were consistent with a diagnosis of schizophrenia.
As reported at CourtTVnew.com, the alleged deficiency is crucial to the success of Braunstein’s defense strategy, which requires that a jury find he was incapable of conscious decision-making the day of the attack. Braunstein’s lawyers are expected to call another schizophrenia expert witness to corroborate Buchsbaum’s claim by making a clinical diagnosis of schizophrenia.