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American Legal Injustice: Behind the Scenes with an Expert Witness epub ebook

by Robert I. Simon,Emanuel Tanay

American Legal Injustice: Behind the Scenes with an Expert Witness epub ebook

Author: Robert I. Simon,Emanuel Tanay
Category: Politics & Government
Language: English
Publisher: Jason Aronson, Inc. (August 20, 2010)
Pages: 340 pages
ISBN: 0765707756
ISBN13: 978-0765707758
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 604
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Forensic psychiatrist Emanuel Tanay has testified in thousands of court cases as an expert witness, including such notorious cases as those of Jack Ruby, Sam Sheppard, and Theodore 'Ted' Bundy

Forensic psychiatrist Emanuel Tanay has testified in thousands of court cases as an expert witness, including such notorious cases as those of Jack Ruby, Sam Sheppard, and Theodore 'Ted' Bundy. Tanay walks the reader through his experiences in the courtroom, explaining the role of the forensic psychiatrist in the litigation process and providing a 'behind-the-scenes' view of our criminal justice system, including individual chapters on some of his most interesting and infamous cases.

American Legal Injustice book. Emanuel Tanay, Robert I. Simon. Forensic psychiatrist Emanuel Tanay has testified in thousands of court cases as an expert witness, including such notorious cases as those of Jack Ruby, Sam Sheppard, and Theodore 'Ted' Bundy. Tanay walks the reader through his experiences in the courtro.

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Forensic psychiatrist Emanuel Tanay has testified in thousands of court cases as an expert witness, including .

Forensic psychiatrist Emanuel Tanay has testified in thousands of court cases as an expert witness, including such notorious cases as those of Jack Ruby, Sam Sheppard, and Theodore 'Ted' Bundy.

Tanay provides a 'behind-the-scenes' view of our criminal justice system and clear examples of the rampant injustice that he has witnessed

Tanay provides a 'behind-the-scenes' view of our criminal justice system and clear examples of the rampant injustice that he has witnessed. American Legal Injustice.

Forensic psychiatrist Emanuel Tanay has testified in thousands of court cases as an expert witness. Tanay provides a 'behind-the-scenes' view of our criminal justice system and clear examples of the rampant injustice that he has witnessed

Forensic psychiatrist Emanuel Tanay has testified in thousands of court cases as an expert witness. Tanay provides a 'behind-the-scenes' view of our criminal justice system and clear examples of the rampant injustice that he has witnessed.

Instead the subtitle reveals the essential content; retired forensic psychiatrist Emanuel Tanay writes of his outlook and experiences as a fiercely opinionated psychiatric expert witness. Intended for mental health professionals who testify in court, especially about the insanity defense, the book is packed with stories and experiences of the author.

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Forensic psychiatrist Emanuel Tanay has testified in thousands of court cases as an expert witness, including such notorious cases as those of Jack Ruby, Sam Sheppard, and Theodore 'Ted' Bundy. Tanay walks the reader through his experiences in the courtroom, explaining the role of the forensic psychiatrist in the litigation process and providing a 'behind-the-scenes' view of our criminal justice system, including individual chapters on some of his most interesting and infamous cases. Tanay also provides clear examples of the rampant injustice that he has witnessed and argues that the potential for injustice is built into our legal system in the form of incompetent lawyers, the imbalance of resources between the pricey defense lawyers hired by large corporations in civil trials and the inexperienced lawyers often hired by plaintiffs, and the political concerns of elected judges and prosecutors. American Legal Injustice: Behind the Scenes with an Expert Witness is a must-read for Law & Order, Court TV, and true crime enthusiasts.
Reviews (4)
Agagamand
In a previous book "Passport to Life: Autobiographical Reflections of the Holocaust" Dr. Tanay tells his of story active survival from the time he was fourteen until the time he was able to emigrate to the U.S. when he was able to complete his internship and residency in Psychiatry. Despite an interruption in his formal education, avoiding the Nazis, underground activities, and escapes from detention and concentration camps, he was able to graduate from Medical School at the University of Munich

Before his retirement he was one of the most highly regarded forensic psychiatrists in this country and famous for serving as an expert witness in several notorious criminal cases, among which were those of Jack Ruby, Ted Bundy and Sam Sheppard. His motivation to accomplish all this was heavily influenced by his holocaust experiences. He sought to understand why he, his family, and fellow Jews could be treated as less than human. He wanted to understand how an otherwise moral and ethical people could mistreat and murder fellow humans so easily.

During the Holocaust years he intuitively used empathy for survival. As he defines it: "Empathy is the ability to put oneself in the shoes of another person. Empathy is the primary tool of a psychiatrist. It is essential to politicians, historians, writers, parents and all others who wish to understand friends and enemies. Without empathy, one could not play a game of chess or cope with a murderous adversary."

In his book "American Legal Injustice" he describes a professional lifetime where he has both testified for the prosecution against sociopathic killers and for the defense against criminalization of the mentally ill. He hopes that the reader will finish the book with a more realistic idea of how our legal system functions, and "how - and why - it sometimes fails."

He does this by dissecting legal cases, in detail, and comments on why he feels the justice system either supported or failed in its societal mandate. He also provides us with the basis, if the need should arise, of how to choose a forensic psychiatrist (and lawyer) to testify for (and represent) a loved one and why. As he would put it "You wouldn't choose a generalist to do brain surgery, so why would you choose a lawyer, without criminal experience or a psychiatrist with little courtroom experience to represent you."

"The reality is that most people with severe mental illnesses will eventually run afoul of the law if they live outside the protective environment of an institution. This is now the norm: in the past two or three decades, an unholy alliance of social liberals and fiscal conservatives has succeeded to eliminate most state mental hospitals. Even when mentally ill people are believed to have the potential to commit a crime, liberals and libertarians seek to protect them from being held in institutions against their will. With the abolition of the state hospital system, prisons are the default institutions for the care of the mentally ill."

Thetath
For a layman like myself, I found this book extremely insightful in witness testimony as well as obstacles faced between Law and Psychology. It is also a great resource for understanding the psychology and methodologies attorneys use to persuade their to juries. Finally, it brings to term the negative aspects of political self-motivation over humanity's interest.

Yozshujinn
This a meaty read. The shorter first portion deals with legal techniques of the court. Much overlaps my experience as a medical clinician , e.g. his quest for "evidence-based charges" and our "evidence-based medicine". His Daubert Criteria (1993) for "scientific evidence" matches the "testability" and "falsifiability" standards of science philosopher Karl Popper (1963). He laments the deinstitutionalization of severe psychotics in the 1970s. It was soon learned that the newly discovered "tranquilizing drugs" could not manage all psychotic patients, and all could not profit from the liberal movement of the times to free them from "imprisonment". The care for many shifted to "correctional" institutions. I agree that asylums, not jails, are the more humane and effective resources. John Rawls (1971) similarly argued that the moral measure of a nation is reflected by the care of its most vulnerable citizenry. The occasional emergence of political ambition is noted and he queries if our practice of electing our prosecutors and judges is the best. It is not done elsewhere. We do not elect our airplane pilots or physicians.

In the second portion Dr. Tanay draws on his vast experience of celebrity and every-day cases to teach by example, similar to the modern problem-based method of modern medicine. Two challenges are presented. The first is that which forecloses the insanity plea in murder trials via his diagnosis of anti-social type of personality disorder. The other involves diagnosing previously unrecognized psychoses, commonly severe paranoid schizophrenics acting out their dangerous delusions which may force them to kill without premeditation. With his unwavering commitment to justice paired with unique testimonial skills, an insanity plea is often won and therefore something less than the penalty for first degree murder.

This is a must-read for lawyers. I would also suggest its incorporation as ancillary reading for selective areas of post-graduate medical education such as internal medicine and neurology.

Louis C. Johnston MD, FACP. Former Associate Professor of Medicine/Preventive Medicine, Chicago.

Mamuro
American Legal Injustice by Emanuel Tanay, M.D., should be "required reading" for all Civil and Criminal Trial Attorneys, as well as all Experts who have or will provide testimony in a trial setting. Dr. Tanay bravely and concisely summarizes "where the wheels came off" in a number of high-profile cases that he was personally involved in, as well as providing overviews as to the unethical and immoral behavior of various Officers of the Court, which clearly derail justice from being served in our legal system. This is a truly compelling, informative and enlightening read for everyone working in the Trial Court Arena.

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