Psychology and the Legal System / Edition 4by Lawrence S. Wrightsman, Michael T. Nietzel
Pub. Date: 10/01/1997
This fascinating textof interest to laymen and professionals alikeexamines the legal system through the use of psychological concepts, methods, and research results. It seeks to clarify the basic dilemmas that persist in the legal system and looks at the ethical, moral, legal, and psychological "gray areas" of the law including coverage of such topics as: competence to stand trial, pretrial publicity and resulting changes in venue, criminal profiling, civil case law and civil procedures, the rights of children, capital punishment, the psychology of criminal trials, the insanity defense, expert forensic testimony, and analysis of eyewitness identification and line-up procedures.
Table of Contents1. Psychology and the Law: Impossible Choices. 2. Psychologists and the Legal System. 3. Legality, Morality, and Justice. 4. Lawyers: Socialization, Training, and Ethics. 5. Theories of Crime. 6. The Police and the Criminal Justice System. 7. Crime Investigation: Eyewitnesses. 8. Identification and Evaluation of Criminal Suspects. 9. The Rights of Victims and the Rights of the Accused. 10. Between Arrest and Trial. 11. Forensic Assessment I. 12. Forensic Assessment II. 13. The Trial Process. 14. Jury Trials: I. Jury Representativeness and Selection. 15. Jury Trials: II. Assumptions and Reforms. 16. Crime Victims. 17. The Rights of Special Groups. 18. Punishment and Sentencing. Glossary. References. Author Index. Subject Index.
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