Critical Evaluation of Court Case(Professional and Ethical issues in forensic psychology) It is important to understand the impact expert testimony may have in the ultimate decision made by a court. In addition, it is helpful for practitioners of forensic psychology to be able to read and understand legal cases.
Review the case Commonwealth of Virginia v. Allen which is in this website…..
< http://www.courts.state.va.us/opinions/opnscvwp/1041454.pdf >.. The case describes an appellate legal opinion or court decision involving expert witness testimony. When a case is appealed, it goes to an appellate or higher court. The appellate court then reviews the findings of the lower court, which in this case was the trial court. The appellate court offered two opinions:
The first opinion (pp. 1–24) is the majority opinion and is the one that counts.
The second (pp. 24–31) is an opinion filed by a minority of judges who concurred (agreed) in part and dissented (disagreed) in part with the majority of the judges who ruled.
After reading the appellate legal opinion, write a paper addressing the following elements:
Discuss whether either of the expert witnesses in this case acted unethically. Support your opinion with the relevant APA and/or specialty ethical guidelines.
Indicate whether you agree with the majority decision or the minority concurring/dissenting opinion and explain why.
The paper should be in APA style and sent via email when completed.Please email or call if there is any problem understanding this order
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