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Minds on Trial: Great Cases in Law and Psychology / Edition 1

Minds on Trial: Great Cases in Law and Psychology / Edition 1

by Charles Patrick Ewing, Joseph T. McCannCharles Patrick Ewing
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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195181760
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 03/16/2006
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 588,661
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

1. George Metesky: Profiling the "Mad Bomber"
2. Lee Harvey Oswald: The Formative Years of an Assassin
3. 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 Begins
6. Dan White: The Myth of the Twinkie Defense
7. Cameron Hooker: Judging the Experts?
8. John W. Hinckley, Jr.: Shooting for the Stars
9. Judas Priest: A Message in the Music
10. John Demjanjuk: Is he "Ivan the Terrible?"
11. The U.S.S. Iowa: Equivocating on Death
12. Jeffrey Dahmer: Serial Murder, Necrophilia, and Cannibalism
13. Woody Allen and Mia Farrow: A Swing of King Solomon's Sword
14. Gary and Holly Ramona: Recovered Memories or False Allegations?
15. Colin Ferguson: A Fool for a Client?
16. Ralph Tortorici: A Question of Competence
17. Mike Tyson: Predicting Violence of a Professional Fighter
18. Daryl Atkins: Mental Retardation, Decency, and the Death Penalty
19. Andrea Yates: An American Tragedy
20. Michael Kantaras: What Makes a Man a Man?

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