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Tarasoff v. Regents of the University of California
Citation:Supreme Court of California, 1976. 17 Cal.3d 425, 551 P.2d 334, 131 Cal.Rptr. 14.
ProfessorMelissa A. Hale
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Dr. Moore is a defendant and was Mr. Poddar’s psychologist at the University of California. In those sessions, Mr. Poddar told the defendant, Mr. Moore, that he planned to kill Tatianna Tarasoff. Defendant Mr. Moore had the campus police briefly detain Mr. Poddar but, at the chief of psychiatry’s request, ordered Mr. Poddar released. No one warned Tatiana or her family. Mr. Poddar killed Tatiana Tarasoff. Tatiana’s parents now plaintiffs sue.
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