Christopher Slobogin, «Proving the Unprovable: The Role of Law, Science, and Speculation in Adjudicating Culpability and Dangerousness (American Psychology-Law Society)»
Oxford University Press, USA | ISBN 0195189957 | 1st Edition - September 2006 | PDF | 208 Pages | 2,42 Mb
The law frequently looks to mental health professionals to help determine whether defendants can be deemed culpable for crimes or incarcerated to prevent them from harming others. The cases of Charles McCoy, who plead not guilty by reason of insanity to the Interstate 270 shootings in Ohio,
and Patricia Johnson, who recently won the right to a new trial for the 1991 murder of her husband to allow the court to consider battered woman syndrome in her defense, involve countless mental health professionals arguing from both sides of the bench. They also demonstrate that these cases figure prominently in legal and psychological discourses. However, many legal professionals are increasingly challenging the testimony offered by behavioral health experts, calling it unreliable and maligning it as a form of speculative story-telling.