The Alaska Supreme Court ruled that Adam Israel, incarcerated for murdering his mother, cannot see poltergeists, thus tossing his medical malpractice suit against the Department of Corrections.
In 2005, Adam Israel killed his mother, Dorothy Israel. In 2011, he was found guilty of 2nd degree murder by stabbing and killing Dorothy. He was sentenced to 60 years with 20 years suspended with 40 years to serve. While incarcerated in Colorado, Israel was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. With this diagnosis, Israel was able to be placed in a facility handling inmates with mental healthy issues. Israel protested and filed a medical malpractice suit.
In the suit, styled Supreme Court No. S-16990 (previous Superior Court No. 3AN-14-11063 CI), Israel, acting as his own attorney, relies on 2 arguments. The first is that his family, and possibly comedian Steve Martin, bribed the doctors to diagnose Israel with a mental illness. According to Israel, several of his family members, but not Steve Martin, have committed several murders and they’re afraid he will grass them out.
The second argument, and by far the most interesting, is that Israel claims to be born with a “rare genetic ability to see the electro-magnetic radiation of poltergeists.” Israel claimed, without evidence that former British Prime Minister David Cameron is a third cousin once removed and also suffers from the genetic anomaly. Israel educated the Court on plasma and how he can see “low energy photons.” He finished by claiming “any respected physician knows this phenomenon exists.”
Israel asked to perform a demonstration where dead insects would be placed individually in jars containing ethanol. Each insect corpse was to be removed, and Israel would guess what type of insect was held in the jar. (It is not believed that the experiment took place). Instead, the Court stated: “Mr. Israel believes he testified truthfully. But Mr. Israel’s claims are incredible. Without supporting evidence, the court cannot find that Mr. Israel’s testimony is based in reality.” The written opinion went on to state that Israel’s testimony was “bizarre.”
The Court found that Israel’s behavior was consistent with someone who is suffering from paranoid schizophrenia.
Israel failed to provide any expert testimony to rebut the state’s case. They ultimately ruled against Israel.