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Forensic psychiatrist Emanuel Tanay has testified in thousands of court cases as an expert witness, including such notorious cases as those of Jack Ruby, Sam Sheppard, and Theodore 'Ted' Bundy. Tanay walks the reader through his experiences in the courtroom, explaining the role of the forensic psychiatrist in the litigation process and providing a 'behind-the-scenes' view of our criminal justice system, including individual chapters on some of his most interesting and infamous cases. Tanay also provides clear examples of the rampant injustice that he has witnessed and argues that the potential for injustice is built into our legal system in the form of incompetent lawyers, the imbalance of resources between the pricey defense lawyers hired by large corporations in civil trials and the inexperienced lawyers often hired by plaintiffs, and the political concerns of elected judges and prosecutors. American Legal Injustice: Behind the Scenes with an Expert Witness is a must-read for Law & Order, Court TV, and true crime enthusiasts.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note
Introduction The roots of injustice Science and the law The litigation process The cause and mode of death : a mistaken determination of suicide A killing is a killing is a killing, unless it isn't : varieties of homicide Ted Bundy : the pleasure of cruelty Innocent and on death row : Sterling Spann The Sam Sheppard saga The legacy of the John Hinckley, Jr., verdict Jack Ruby and Lee Harvey Oswald : the homicidal spectrum Andrea Yates : sanity based on insanity Epilogue.