Superfreaks/ACRA: The Ten Jobs of Edward Bailey

Tom Russell milos_parker at
Wed Jan 9 21:21:53 PST 2008

On Jan 9, 11:11 pm, Martin Phipps <martinphip... at> wrote:

> Forensic psychologists are useful in court cases to establish motive
> (why the suspect did it), intent (if he actually wanted to do it) and
> state of mind (if he knew what he was doing and that it was wrong) so
> they'd be useful on shows where you actually see cases go to trial. :)

Though it should be noted that, at least in the American justice
system and contrary to popular belief, there is no requirement that a
prosecutor show motive or intent, even in a murder trial.  The burden
of proof only refers to matters of fact, which the rest of the various
jobs you've cited come into play.  You're right, however, that they
can be useful in supporting the actual evidence.

> Martin


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