How would the information in the paragraph below help with legal processes?Paragraph - "Also, Forensic Psychologists often contribute to court cases giving testimony based on their formulated...

How would the information in the paragraph below help with legal processes?

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"Also, Forensic Psychologists often contribute to court cases giving testimony based on their formulated opinions of the mindset of the person on trial. Their testimony helps the jury decide whether the person in question is guilty or not guilty."

How would this help with legal processes?


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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The last portion of the statement seems to discuss much of the legal process.  The prosecution's hopes to meet a burden of evidence can be accomplished through the use of physical evidence.  An essential part of the legal process is the prosecution's ability to present evidence to help make its case.  Physical evidence from the scene of the crime, a critical component to the findings of the forensic psychologists, is a cog in the machine of the prosecution.  This would be an essential and integral aspect of the prosecution's evidentiary burden.  Absence of physical evidence, as provided by forensic scientists and psychologists, the prosecution has a tougher time meeting that burden, which is critical to the legal process.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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This question is not clear -- I'm not sure what you mean by "help with legal processes."  The paragraph itself does not help with legal processes.  However, the actions of forensic psychologists can help.

In many criminal cases, the mindset and competence of the defendant is key.  A jury must, for example, find that the defendant intended to do something in order to find him or her guilty.  A forensic psychologist can help them decide if the defendant was capable of intent.

I don't know if that's anything like what you're asking.  Please be as specific as you can when you ask questions...

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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In today's courtrooms Forensic Psychologists are considered to be experts in their field.  Their job is to map together the criminal justice system and psychology.  In questioning how the selection that you listed would help in the legal process, I would have to say that the writer is explaining the level of expertise that the forensic psychologist brings to the courtroom.

Forensic psychologists do more than just assess a person.  They also have to be trained to present appropriately in a courtroom setting and be aware of courtroom procedures and laws.  These skills enable the forensic psychologist to be considered a creditable witness which can be a highly regarded asset during prosecution or on behalf of the dependent depending on who he is supporting as a witness.  Contrary to belief most questions asked of the psychologist are not about psychology but rather about legal proceedings and legalities.