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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Does Forensic Science Lack a Scientific Basis?


In her review of Acquittal: An Insider Reveals the Stories and Strategies Behind Today’s Most Infamous Verdicts by Richard Gabriel, Susan Goldberg states,  "In fact, Gabriel criticizes the work of forensic psychologists, viewing forensic psychological treatment and assessment as lacking any 'basis in scientific fact' (p. 43)"  (section "Summary," para. 1).  Do you agree that the the field is not based on scientific findings?

Read the Review
ReviewGetting Away With Murder: Acquittals in High-Profile Cases
By Susan G. Goldberg
      PsycCRITIQUES, 2014 Vol 59(49)


Susan G. Goldberg

I believe it has been well established that forensic psychology, when performed well, is consistent with the most rigorous demands of both natural science and human science methodologies. My concern is that Mr. Gabriel's lack of understanding of the rigor of forensic psychology may reflect a prejudice towards our work by many others in the legal system.

Deb Rubenstein

It is troublesome when someone without scientific background dismisses a whole academic and legal specialty without providing any scientific arguments to support his assertion.

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