Hayward -- Hans Reiser struggled to focus his testimony Friday in the $15.2 million civil suit brought against him by his two children.
Reiser attempted once again to argue that his wife, Nina, had a Munchausen syndrome by proxy, a disorder where parents fake illnesses in their children for attention, which supposedly made her a terrible mother. The man convicted of murdering Nina Reiser in 2006 has been warned by Judge Dennis Hayashi every day since the trial started to drop that argument since it relates to the original criminal trial.
He also called his wife a "psychopath" for wanting the children to compete against each other, but could not offer any evidence to prove it.
"I think I can summarize what evidence Mr. Reiser presented in one word: nothing," said Arturo Gonzalez, the children's lawyer, outside of court. "He didn't present anything, unless you consider rambling, mumble jumble, ridiculous nonsense to be evidence, which I don't. He didn't introduce anything."
During the hour that he spoke, Reiser was stopped every few minutes by Hayashi because his testimony was either off topic or speculative. Reiser has been allowed to speak on his own behalf during cross examination because he does not have a lawyer and is representing himself. "These are arguments," Hayashi said. "You aren't offering factual testimony relating to Nina and her relationship to the children."
Hayashi's warnings had little effect because Reiser
Reiser was allowed to move into discussing how he had no money to pay the $15.2 million sought for emotional and punitive damages resulting from Nina Reiser's slaying. He said that he has not been able to work while at the Pleasant Valley State Prison in Coalinga because of poor leg circulation.
Gonzalez has said the suit also extends to any intellectual property Reiser may have.
"In the past, Mr. Reiser has come up with ideas that were valuable involving computer software," Gonzalez said. "If he should come up with an idea like that while he is in prison, we would have authority if we have a judgment to try to get those assets for the children."
Reiser owned Namesys, a software development company, before his conviction in 2008. He said Friday he had hoped to pass the company to the children, but that his criminal defense lawyer, William DuBois, owns 25 percent of it.
So far, Reiser has not admitted to developing any new technology from prison.
Closing statements from Reiser will begin Monday.