Hey folks, here is a short round-up of a few links to forensic psychology-related stuff:
1) Karen Franklin at In the News has this post about two cases, one in Texas, the other in front of the Supreme Court, that have significant ramifications for the issue of competency. Not competency to stand trial, but the competency to represent oneself as one's own attorney, and the competency to be executed. As I posted here, there are a number of different types of competency, including the three mentioned above. However, the Supreme Court ruled in 1993, in Godinez vs. Moran, that the same level of competency applies, regardless of the issue. For example, if you are competent to stand trial. you are also competent to make a decision about whether to represent yourself or not. This is a hotly disputed issue, so the cases Dr. Franklin discusses have potentially huge ramifications for current and future cases involving competency. If you are practicing criminal forensic psychology at all, a student in forensic psychology, or someone who's considering forensic psychology, check her post out, in order to get an idea about the types of issues forensic psychologists come up against.
2) Over at All About Forensic Psychology, there is a book review for a new book covering the insanity plea. The book looks really interesting, as it examines 20 different cases that have helped to shape the current law regarding Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity (NGRI). The book is entitled Insanity: Murder, Madness, and the Law , and it's authored by Charles Patrick Ewing. I definitely plan on ordering this, so expect some sort of review in the future, though I promise no timetable!
3) Here is a fantastic summary of competency to stand trial, written by Ronald Roesch and Stephen Golding. It was originally an article entitled "Competency to Stand Trial: Assessment and Treatment Issues," which was published in Applied and Preventive Psychology in 1993. If you are looking for a clear, succinct, and very informative overview of competency to stand trial, check it out.
With all the good stuff out there, I'm almost ashamed to stop at three links. But, that will keep you busy until my next post.