Mad, the Bad, and the Innocent, The by Barbara R. Kirwin
The Criminal Mind on Trial - Tales of a Forensic Psychologist

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The New York area's premier forensic psychologist--the expert prosecutors turn to when a defendant claims insanity--looks back over her most celebrated cases to deliver a no-holds-barred critique of recent insanity defense abuses. Zeroing in on cases such as the Menendez brothers and Jeffrey Dahmer, Kirwin shows how unscrupulous defense attorneys and overzealous prosecutors have perverted the true purpose of the insanity defense. of photos.
 

About Barbara R. Kirwin

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Kirwin has been a clinical psychologist and forensic expert for over twenty-five years, has consulted on more than a hundred homicide cases, and has been a commentator on Court TV.
 
Published August 11, 1997 by Little, Brown and Company. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Crime, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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She gives a solid overview to the legality of pleading insane, a plea based on the British M'Naghten Rule, which states that a truly insane person does not know right from wrong, and she takes a firm and welcome stand against ``designer defenses,'' such as Vietnam war syndrome, battered-woman syn...

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A former narcotics parole officer turned forensic psychologist, Kirwin has a 20-year record as a fake buster, specializing in spotting the phonies who try to plead insanity.

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