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Expert testimony in cult-related litigation.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2676025     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The work of forensic psychiatrists has expanded into the controversial area of cases involving new religious movements. Challenges to the expert witness in such cases include new questions and a large body of relevant literature. Published appeals decisions have appeared with judicial comments on the conduct of the involved experts. This article presents the comments about expert witnesses from judges who decided cases involving the major new issues of coercion both in recruitment into and forcible abduction from cults, and competency to join and make donations to these groups. The judicial comments are evaluated using relevant literature from the fields of law, psychiatry, and religion. This provides a basis for general observations and suggestions regarding the involvement of psychiatric experts in cult-related cases.
J L Young; E E Griffith
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Bulletin of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law     Volume:  17     ISSN:  0091-634X     ISO Abbreviation:  Bull Am Acad Psychiatry Law     Publication Date:  1989  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1989-11-16     Completed Date:  1989-11-16     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7503424     Medline TA:  Bull Am Acad Psychiatry Law     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  257-67     Citation Subset:  IM    
Transitional Treatment Unit, Whiting Forensic Institute, Middletown, Connecticut.
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MeSH Terms
Dangerous Behavior
Expert Testimony / legislation & jurisprudence*
Human Rights
Religion and Psychology*
United States

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