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by Richard I. Frederick, David F. Mrad, & Richart L. DeMier
by Richard I. Frederick, David F. Mrad, & Richart L. DeMier

Examinations of Criminal Responsibility: Foundations in Mental Health Case Law

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• 2007  302pp paperback   ISBN: 9781568871028
• This title appears on the American Board of Forensic Psychology (ABFP) suggested reading list

Anyone involved in forensic evaluations or aspiring to become competent in forensic evaluations must read this text.  It covers all of the important U.S. Supreme Court cases related to criminal responsibility and prepares possible witnesses to competently address critical issues.

This book is a companion text to Examinations of Competency to Stand Trial: Foundations in Mental Health Case Law -2nd Edition, which provided a comprehensive review of judicial decisions impacting issues of competence to stand trial.

This text is essential reading for anyone conducting forensic evaluations of competence to stand trial or aspiring to expand their practices as forensic psychologists.  

The authors examine how judicial constructions of insanity and criminal responsibility have evolved over the past several centuries.  The gamut of cases examined runs from Rex v. Arnold in 1724 to Clark v. Arizona in 2006.  The choice of cases to review present the panoply of judicial thought about why the insanity defense is necessary, why insanity findings are problematic, and how mental health experts should provide evidence regarding criminal responsibility.  Most cases in the book are landmark cases, while others highlight salient or unresolved matters in judicial reasoning about criminal responsibility.
Each case contains a brief of the main matters to be resolved by the case.  Each section explores the implications of the cases for understanding the current constructions of criminal responsibility by US courts.

Review
"A remarkable piece of work!  The authors provide forensic evaluators and attorneys with an easy to understand compendium of legal cases and opinions involving criminal responsibility.  This text should be on the bookshelf of everyone involved in evaluating, defending, or prosecuting defendants in criminal cases."
     -David L. Shapiro, PhD, ABPP
(forensic), Professor of Psychology, Center for Psychological Studies, Nova Southeastern University; Author of Criminal Responsibility Evaluations: A Manual for Practice

Table of Contents
Introduction to the Volume
Section 1: State and Federal Statues in the United States Pertaining to Insanity

Introduction to Section 1
Section 2: Roots of the Insanity Defense in the United States
Introduction to Section 2
Cases
Rex v. Arnold
Rex v. Hadfield
Queen v. M'Naghten
State V. Pike
Parsons v. State
Summary
Section 3: Insanity & the U.S. Constitution
Introduction to Section 3
Cases
Powell V. Texas
Davis v. United States
Leland v. Oregon
Finger v. Nevada
Clark v. Arizona
Summary
Section 4: The D.C. Experiment
Introduction to Section 4
Cases
Durham v. United States
McDonald v. United States
United States v. Brawner
Summary
Section 5: What Is "Wrongfulness"?
Introduction to Section 5
Cases
United States v. Sullivan
United States v. Segna
United States v. Dubray
Summary
Section 6: What to Do With Insanity Acquittees?
Introduction to Section 6
Cases
Lyles v. United States
Jones v. United States
Foucha v. Louisiana
Summary
Section 7: Prosecuting the Mentally Ill
Introduction to Section 7
Cases
Whalem v. United States
Marble v. United States
United States v. Edwards
Summary
Appendices

About the Authors

Richard I. Frederick, PhD, ABPP, received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the Oklahoma State University in 1986 and is Board Certified in Forensic Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology.  He is employed as a staff psychologist at the US Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Missouri.  Dr. Frederick is the author of the Validity Indicator Profile, a psychological test used to assess how well individuals cooperate in cognitive and neuropsychological tests.  He also serves as a Captain in the United States Naval Reserve.

David F. Mrad, PhD, ABPP,
received his doctorate n clinical psychology from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and is Board Certified in Forensic Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology.  He is on the faculty of the Department of Psychology at Missouri State University and retired from the US Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Missouri, where he worked as a forensic psychologist for over 20 years.

Richart L. DeMier, PhD, ABPP,
earned his doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1994 and is Board Certified in Forensic Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology.  He practices clinical and forensic psychology and serves as internship director at the US Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Missouri.

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