A human memory expert has told John Furlong’s defamation trial investigative tactics used by the journalist suing him were biased.
Dr. John Yuille says Laura Robinson should not have posted flyers in Burns Lake while she was researching her 2012 article, asking people who may have been abused by Furlong while he was teaching there in the 1960s and 1970s to meet with her.
He says the gathering of information from witnesses should be done in a “non-leading manner,” and that “central detail information must come from the witness and not the investigator.”
He also criticizes her for allowing possible witnesses to gather together for an hour before meeting her because witnesses can “contaminate” one another.
Yuille tells the court he’s not a journalist, but “this is bad investigation. That I know.”
Closing arguments are set for Friday.