URI TodayMonday, February 27, 2012
Professor gives lawyers tools to get into minds of witnesses
Psychologists and mental health professionals spend years, decades even, decoding the human mind to find the root causes of abnormal behavior, predicting future conduct and diagnosing mental disorders.
Try explaining all that to a jury in a day.
Debunking poorly founded expert testimony can be a daunting task for even the most skilled lawyer. But it’s one made easier by University of Rhode Island professor David Faust’s “Coping with Psychiatric and Psychological Testimony,” the sixth edition of the classic guide originally written by Jay Ziskin, a psychologist and lawyer known for his skeptical views...