Prosecution rests in sex abuse trial of local psychiatrist

The prosecution rested their case on day three of the sex abuse trial of a local psychiatrist. Two of his former patients say Dr. Surendra Johri inappropriately touched them or exposed himself during appointments.

Posted: Feb. 6, 2019 5:37 PM

The prosecution rested their case on day three of the sex abuse trial of a local psychiatrist. Two of his former patients say Dr. Surendra Johri inappropriately touched them or exposed himself during appointments.

On Wednesday, after the prosecution rested, the defense said they planned to call three witnesses. They called a local mental health professional who briefly took the stand. Then, defense attorney, Christopher Pelli, left the courtroom to get his next witness, but returned alone. After a 10-minute break, the attorneys spent several minutes at the bench, going over- sometimes vocally and emotionally- a legal issue. Then, the court broke for lunch. Upon return from lunch, the defense made a motion to offer real evidence in the form of his client's penis, left leg and foot. Defense attorney Pelli said part of the reason was to clarify whether his client was circumcized or uncircumcized. The prosecution agreed to stipulate that Johri is uncircumsized, meaning that it is accepted as fact by both sides, without argument.

The defense did not end up calling a second witness on Wednesday. Instead, Pelli requested an adjournment to deal with an unanticipated issue. Court resumes 10:00 Thursday morning. It's not yet clear if Dr. Johri is one of the three witnesses the defense plans on putting on the witness stand.

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