capital sentencing hearing

capital sentencing hearing

What would you do if you were asked by the defense to evaluate someone prior to a capital sentencing hearing? You would be asked to identify possible mitigating factors. Would you be able to provide an unbiased assessment? What would you do if the sentencing hearing was in 2 days, and the defense attorneys are rushing you, and there is no time for them to find another psychologist? How about if you could not uncover any mitigating factors?

 

Using the references

Wrightsman, L. S., Greene, E., Nietzel, M.T., & Fortune, W.H. (2011). Psychology and the legal system (7th ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Thomson Learning.

Reisner, R., Slobogin, C., & Rai, A. (2004). Law and the mental health system: Civil and criminal aspects (American Casebook Series) 5th Edition. Foundation Press. ISBN-13: 9780314183644

 

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