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Minds on Trial Great Cases in Law and Psychology

ISBN-10: 019518176X
ISBN-13: 9780195181760
Edition: 2006
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Book details

List price: $41.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/16/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.134
Language: English

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 the individuals 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 explain the 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 the insanity 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.

Introduction
Profiling the "Mad Bomber"
The Formative Years of an Assassin
Uncommon Victim or Common Criminal?
"You Did It, So Why Not Confess?"
Where the Public Peril Begins
The Myth of the Twinkie Defense
Judging the Experts?
Shooting for the Stars
A Message in the Music
Is He "Ivan the Terrible"?
Equivocating on Death
Serial Murder, Necrophilia, and Cannibalism
A Swing of King Solomon's Sword
Recovered Memories or False Allegations?
A Fool for a Client?
A Question of Competence
Predicting the Violence of a Professional Fighter
Mental Retardation, Decency, and the Death Penalty
An American Tragedy
What Makes a Man a Man?
Epilogue
Notes
Index

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