Do U.S. Courts Need Forensic Psychologists?
Abstract<p>Do U.S. courts need forensic psychologists? If ever there was a court case that visibly suffered from the lack of a psychologist, it was this sensational 1989 “Central Park jogger” case, in which the incredibly flawed legal process proved to be as horrific as the brutal crime itself.</p> <p>In The Central Park Five: A Chronicle of a City Wilding author Sarah Burns tell us, <p>On April 20, 1989, the body of a woman is discovered in Central Park, her skull so badly smashed that nearly 80 percent of her blood has spilled onto the ground. Within days, five black and Latino teenagers confess to her rape and beating. . . . The ensuing media frenzy and hysterical public reaction is extraordinary. The[y] . . . are convicted of rape despite the fact that the teens quickly recant their inconsistent and inaccurate confessions and that no DNA tests or eyewitness accounts tie any of them to the victim. They serve their complete sentences before another man, serial rapist Matias Reyes, confesses to the crime and is connected to it by DNA testing. (back cover)</p> </p> <p>Even those far from New York City in 1989 may vividly recall the infamous