Art on Trial: Art Therapy in Capital Murder Cases by David E. Gussak

By David E. Gussak

A guy kidnaps his childrens, murders one, and makes an attempt to kill the opposite. The prosecution seeks the loss of life penalty, whereas the safety employs an strange technique to keep away from the sentence. The defendant's legal professionals flip to greater than a hundred examples of his paintings, created over a long time, to figure out even if he used to be mentally sick on the time he devoted the crimes. Detailing a very good instance of using forensic paintings remedy in a capital homicide case, David Gussak, an paintings therapist reduced in size by means of the protection to investigate the pictures that have been to be offered as facts, recounts his findings and his testimony in courtroom, in addition to the long run implications of his paintings for felony proceedings.

Gussak describes the function of the artwork therapist as knowledgeable witness in a homicide case, find out how to use artwork as facts, and the conclusions and exams that execs can draw from a defendant's works of art. He examines the effectiveness of professional testimony as communicated by way of the prosecution, safeguard, and courtroom, and weighs the ethical, moral, and criminal results of hoping on such proof. For execs and normal readers, this gripping quantity provides a resounding account of the facility of paintings to mirror a broken and unsafe psyche. a number one textual content on an rising box, Art on Trial demonstrates the sensible purposes of an cutting edge method of medical review and treatment.

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