Video Presentation: Kahler v. Kansas: Why SCOTUS Needs Descriptive Psychology

Holt, P. / Published 2020 / Video

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Presenter Paula Holt, J.D. M.B.A., M.S.
Date October 3, 2020
Abstract In the United States, if defendants successfully assert the insanity defense, they are not held criminally liable for their actions. However, there are five different standards by which insanity is defined and evaluated, differing in application from state to state. Because this raises Constitutional concerns,the concept of insanity found its way before the U.S.Supreme Court this past year. I will review and analyze the Court’s decision using resources from Descriptive Psychology. My analysis shows that Descriptive Psychology offers an effective and comprehensive approach to evaluating persons asserting the insanity defense.
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