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Ultimate Opinion Proscriptions

Law and Human Behavior , Volume 13 (4): 357 – Dec 1, 1989

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Publisher
Plenum Publishing Corp.
Copyright
Copyright © 1989 by Plenum Publishing
ISSN
0147-7307
eISSN
1573-661X
D.O.I.
10.1007/BF01056408
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Ultimate Opinion Proscriptions

Abstract

In recent years, ultimate opinion testimony given by mental health experts in insanity trials has come under strident criticism as an unwarranted incursion into the legal arena. This article examines the merits of such criticism and concludes that attempts to eliminate such testimony will not achieve-their intended goals but will obscure more substantive issues inherent in insanity evaluations and subsequent testimony. The article then recasts problems in expert testimony in a broader conceptual basis buttressed with empiricism.
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