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Psychology and the Legal System 4th ed

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Lawrence WrightsmanUniversity of Kansas, USA, Michael NietzelUniversity of Kentucky, USA, William FortuneUniversity of Kentucky, USA

ISBN13: 9780534340858
ISBN: 0534340857
Published: June 1999
Publisher: Cengage Learning
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print



Examines the legal system through the use of psychological concepts, methods, and research results. The text 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 lineup procedures. This edition balances discussion of the legal system with psychological theory, concepts, and research.

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Contents:
Psychology and the law - impossible choices; psychologists and the legal system; legality, morality, and justice; lawyers - socialization, training, and ethics; theories of crime; the police and the criminal justice system; crime investigation - eyewitnesses; identification and evaluation of criminal suspects; the rights of victims and the rights of the accused; between arrest and trial; forensic assessment I; forensic assessment II; the trial process; jury trials - jury representativeness and selection; jury trials - assumptions and reforms; crime victims; the rights of special groups; punishment and sentencing.