Attorney Jason Bohn is facing a particularly challenging case. First, the victim was beaten and strangled to death. Second, he is the defendant and the victim was his girlfriend and Danielle Thomas, 27, was killed in their New York City apartment. Bohn, 35, has come up with a novel defense: “intermittent explosive disorder.”
Thomas was a senior analyst at Weight Watchers and had recently moved from Florida to New York to be with Bohn.
A defense expert detailed Bohn’s history of IED by testifying that it began with his causing a miscarriage as a 14 year old by punching a pregnant 18-year-old in the stomach. The disorder is claimed to have blocked memories of such acts starting with the attack on the pregnant woman while he was in foster care. He claims to have been traumatized by his mother in his childhood after she abandoned him for her own career. His mother is Scholastic Chief Financial Officer Maureen O’Connell (right). She reportedly makes $1.2 million and has been paying her son’s legal bills.
The trial has a particularly damaging piece of evidence where the final scene is recorded on an accidentally recorded call to a friend. Bohn is heard questioning Thomas about why she called a number with a 508 area code. Bohn then strangles here as she pleads for her life and tries to answer his questions. The building superintendent recalled hearing Taylor scream: “He’s kill me. Somebody help me.” She was later found in a bathtub of ice and Bohn had fled with her cellphone. (According to new reports, Bohn was seen buying ice from a neighborhood store.
Bohn later emailed a friend to assure that Taylor was fine and attending the weekend’s gay pride parade in Greenwich Village. He also called a former girlfriend to say that he was in trouble over hitting Taylor and asking her “Please do not talk with any law enforcement officials until my defense attorneys can contact you. . . . I don’t remember anything that happened, OK. I think I pushed her. She bumped her head. When I woke up the next morning she was not breathing. I freaked out and I fled the city.”
While the defense team is the best that money can buy, he is still has that recorded call which will be hard for a jury to forget.
Then there is his rant against the victim on Facebook after his arrest where Bohn blamed Thomas, stress, alcohol and abuse of his father for the murder. He added that
“I suspected she was a cheater . . . At the very least, I gradually confirmed she was a compulsive liar, particularly with regard to relations with the opposite sex, both past and present. As a result I grew insecure and abusive. In hines-sight [sic] one of us should’ve walked away. But, I was already madly in love with her.”
He portrays himself as pitiful and miserable: “I alternate between crying uncontrollably in my cell while I stare at her office building from my window to fighting with other inmates over food.”
Many may find the concept of intermittent explosive disorder is bit too convenient for criminal defendants who have a history of violent outbursts. It is also unclear how this disorder can factor into the guilt stage without excusing any violent act. The sentencing stage on the other hand allows the full range of childhood and emotional issues to be considered. Since Bohn is not denying the murder, he is putting all of his case on the disorder and the hopes of a lesser sentence. The question will be whether that recording will continue to resonate in the courtroom so loudly to drown out the claim.
Source: Daily Mail
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Ironic that this woman makes that much money working for a childrens book company that tells there employess that they are all about family and children.
More than ironic. It’s disgraceful! Scholastic is shamefully irresponsible!!
I could not agree with you more on all your points.
I watched “48 Hours” last night. I was sickened and appalled that this man should be allowed to live at the taxpayers expense. I think that his mother should pay the expenses to support him in jail for the rest of his life. Or at the very least Scholastic Books should contribute since they employ and support a woman who blatantly denies any responsibility for the monster she helped create. How ironic the she works for a company that publishes children’s educational books. Did she ever even read a book to her son? What about Danielle Thomas’s family who this man and his parents destroyed?
Listening to this story has brought up . How can you leave your kids for a career…..that is the epitome of selfishness – money and recognition – to hell with her kids. Sounds like she is a selfish bitch to the max
I’ve also been trying to find info on the mother. My mother left 6 kids when I was 9 and told it was due to mental health. I didn’t kill anyone but have had issues with anger. I sought help and am fine. Later in life I got the real story by getting to know her…she was just a selfish person
Apparently, Scholastic hires anybody. Maybe Casey Anthony can find work there too.
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