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Proving the Unprovable: The Role of Law, Science, and Speculation in Adjudicating Culpability and Dangerousness

Christopher Slobogin


Culpability and dangerousness are the two central issues raised by any sensible societal attempt to deal with antisocial behavior. For the past century, mental health professionals have been heavily involved in helping the law address these issues. But critics deride clinical testimony about culpability as disguised storytelling and tar expert predictions by comparing them unfavorably to coin flipping. They have been aided in these efforts by a series of decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court that appear to impose a relatively high threshold for expert testimony, one that requires that the test ... More

Keywords: culpability, dangerousness, antisocial behavior, behavioral science, testimony

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195189957
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195189957.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Slobogin, author
The University of Florida
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