It is important to understand the impact an 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.
Click here to review the case Commonwealth of Virginia v. Allen (2005).
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 to a 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 the following two opinions:
After reading the appellate legal opinion, write a 2- to 3-page paper addressing the following:
The paper should be in APA style.
Commonwealth of Virginia v. Allen, 609 S.E.2d 4 (Va. 2005).
Assignment 2 Grading Criteria Maximum Points Determined whether either of the expert witnesses in this case acted unethically. 40 Justified your response with appropriate ethical guidelines. 40 Critically evaluated the appellate legal opinion and logically explained your reasons for agreement with the majority or minority decision. 12 Wrote in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrated ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources; and displayed accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.