Minds on Trial: Great Cases in Law and Psychology

Hardcover | March 16, 2006

byCharles Patrick Ewing, Joseph T. McCann

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In recent years, the public has become increasingly fascinated with the criminal mind. Television series centered on courtroom trials, criminal investigations, and forensic psychology are more popular than ever. More and more people are interested in the American system of justice and theindividuals who experience it firsthand.Minds on Trial: Great Cases in Law and Psychology gives you an inside view of 20 of the highest profile legal cases of the last 50 years. Drs. Ewing and McCann take you "behind the scenes" of each of these cases, some involving celebrities like Woody Allen, Mike Tyson, and Patty Hearst, and explainthe impact they had on the fields of psychology and the law. Many of the cases in this book, whether involving a celebrity client or an ordinary person in an extraordinary circumstance, were determined in part by the expert testimony of a psychologist or other mental health professional.Psychology has always played a vital role in so many aspects of the American legal system, and these fascinating trials offer insight into many intriguing psychological issues. In addition to expert testimony, some of the issues discussed in this entertaining and educational book include theinsanity defense, brainwashing, criminal profiling, capital punishment, child custody, juvenile delinquency, and false confessions.In Minds on Trial, the authors skillfully convey the psychological and legal drama of each case, while providing important and fresh professional insights.Mental health and legal professionals, as well as others with an interest in psychology and the law will have a hard time putting this scholarly, yet readable book down.

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In recent years, the public has become increasingly fascinated with the criminal mind. Television series centered on courtroom trials, criminal investigations, and forensic psychology are more popular than ever. More and more people are interested in the American system of justice and theindividuals who experience it firsthand.Minds ...

Charles Patrick Ewing is at SUNY Buffalo. Joseph T. McCann is at Binghamton University.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 6.3 × 9.29 × 1.1 inPublished:March 16, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019518176X

ISBN - 13:9780195181760

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. George Metesky: Profiling the "Mad Bomber"2. Lee Harvey Oswald: The Formative Years of an Assassin3. Patricia Hearst: Uncommon Victim or Common Criminal?4. The Guilford Four: "You did it, so why not confess?"5. Prosenjit Poddar and Tatiana Tarasoff: Where the Public Peril Begins6. Dan White: The Myth of the Twinkie Defense7. Cameron Hooker: Judging the Experts?8. John W. Hinckley, Jr.: Shooting for the Stars9. Judas Priest: A Message in the Music10. John Demjanjuk: Is he "Ivan the Terrible?"11. The U.S.S. Iowa: Equivocating on Death12. Jeffrey Dahmer: Serial Murder, Necrophilia, and Cannibalism13. Woody Allen and Mia Farrow: A Swing of King Solomon's Sword14. Gary and Holly Ramona: Recovered Memories or False Allegations?15. Colin Ferguson: A Fool for a Client?16. Ralph Tortorici: A Question of Competence17. Mike Tyson: Predicting Violence of a Professional Fighter18. Daryl Atkins: Mental Retardation, Decency, and the Death Penalty19. Andrea Yates: An American Tragedy20. Michael Kantaras: What Makes a Man a Man?

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"Minds on Trial...provides a thoughtful and interesting review of the sometimes controversial role of expert psychological evidence."--Applied Cognitive Psychology