Amy J. Posey's Trial Consulting (American Psychology-Law Society Series) PDF
By Amy J. Posey
In its approximately 25 years of lifestyles, the trial consulting occupation has grown dramatically in club, reputation, and breadth of perform. What begun as a small activist team of social scientists volunteering their services to aid within the safety of Vietnam warfare protestors has advanced right into a diversified set of pros from quite a number academic backgrounds. despite such huge, immense development, the paintings of trial specialists has long past mostly unexamined. Trial Consulting takes an in-depth examine the first actions of trial specialists, together with witness practise, concentration teams and ridicule trials, jury choice, swap of venue surveys, and lawyer presentation kind. It additionally examines the profession's fight to outline itself, resisting certification and licensure necessities and settling in its place for a collection of perform criteria. The authors draw upon empirical and different scholarly paintings within the social sciences, prompt "best practices" from trial legal professionals, and the written and spoken thoughts and reflections of the trial experts themselves. Addressing a wide spectrum of issues starting from handwriting research to scientific malpractice instances, additionally they recommend reforms for bettering the career and the efficacy of the trial advisor within the court docket. the result's a severe research of what trial consulting really provides to, and detracts from, the management of justice.This publication is an quintessential consultant for training and aspiring trial specialists in addition to the judges, legal professionals, and psychologists who paintings with them. Trial Consulting offers a thought-provoking assertion at the kingdom of the occupation, and scholars and pros alike will enjoy the demanding situations it bargains.
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Chapter 2 describes the procedures in the preparation of witnesses. Lawyers may lack the time—and, more important, the skills—to determine how effective their witnesses will be before the jury. Witness preparation is clearly a topic fraught with temptations to exceed what is ethical and legal; the chapter provides a framework for distinguishing among various actions in this gray area. Chapter 3 reviews the issue of pretrial publicity’s possible biasing effect and the use of community surveys to determine the extent of bias, especially bias against criminal defendants prior to their jury trials.
But trial attorneys certainly know that they want their witnesses to be persuasive and credible when they testify at the trial or give a deposition, and in the United States they are permitted to ‘‘prepare’’ them in advance. Hence, a credo has developed that witness preparation is proper and necessary to do, whether the attorney or someone else does it. As we will detail later in this chapter, legal consultants do many of the same things with witnesses that lawyers do, but more literature is directed toward preparation by lawyers.
Snead, this is what we want. We need the quirks, the little oddities, the glaring lapses, the strange things he said and did when taken as a whole will convince anyone he was not of sound mind’’ (Grisham, 1999, p. 285). Then they rehearse his deposition testimony. But one of the problems arises from the fact that right before his death, Mr. Phelan had been examined by three psychiatrists, each of whom concluded that he was mentally competent. At the rehearsal, one of the attorneys asks Mr. ’’ And the lawyer replies: I would guess that Mr.
Trial Consulting (American Psychology-Law Society Series) by Amy J. Posey