Lorena Bobbitt

The videos showed the cases of Lorena Bobbitt, who was found NGRI on the basis of the “irresistible impulse” prong of insanity tests, and Jeffrey Dahmer, who was found guilty. Discuss your thoughts about and reactions to these verdicts. Do you think Bobbitt should have been found NGRI? Do you think Dahmer should have been found guilty? Why or why not? (Your discussion should focus on substantive mental health law issues – not your subjective opinions).

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Melton Ch 8 Mental State at the Time of Offense
Melton Ch 19 Sample Reports – read the two short sample MSO reports and the discussion sections for each of them –  pp 626-634
Neal, T. M., & Grisso, T. (2014). Assessment practices and expert judgment methods in forensic psychology and psychiatry: An international snapshot
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 . Criminal Justice and Behavior, 41, 1406-1421.
Clark v. Arizona (2006) Supreme Court case one-page brief 
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King, C. & Morales, I. (2020, Oct). Kahler v. Kansas (2020): Abolishment of the Insanity Defense? 
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Legal Update Column, American Psychology-Law Society E-Newsletter.