Minds on Trial: Great Cases in Law and Psychology

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Oxford University Press, Feb 17, 2006 - Psychology - 304 pages
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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 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.
  

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Review: Minds on Trial: Great Cases in Law and Psychology

User Review  - Tanya Faberson - Goodreads

This was a great book. The cases were interesting and it kept me engrossed the entire time. I definitely recommend it. Read full review

Review: Minds on Trial: Great Cases in Law and Psychology

User Review  - Weasel - Goodreads

Very interesting read - good range of cases and clear and fair description of facts and the influence of psychology on each case. All but one case are US - interesting as someone who studied English & Welsh law, to see some aspects of the US legal system. Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
3
1 Profiling the Mad Bomber
7
2 The Formative Years of an Assassin
19
3 Uncommon Victim or Common Criminal?
31
4 You Did It So Why Not Confess?
45
5 Where the Public Peril Begins
57
6 The Myth of the Twinkie Defense
69
7 Judging the Experts?
81
13 A Swing of King Solomons Sword
153
14 Recovered Memories or False Allegations?
165
15 A Fool for a Client?
177
16 A Question of Competence
191
17 Predicting the Violence of a Professional Fighter
205
18 Mental Retardation Decency and the Death Penalty
217
19 An American Tragedy
229
20 What Makes a Man a Man?
241

8 Shooting for the Stars
91
9 A Message in the Music
103
10 Is He Ivan the Terrible?
115
11 Equivocating on Death
129
12 Serial Murder Necrophilia and Cannibalism
141
EPILOGUE
253
NOTES
257
INDEX
283
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