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The field of forensic psychology has evolved in part to fulfill the increasing need for expert knowledge and opinions in the judicial system (the courts). Throughout its evolution, there have been various events and cases that have shaped and impacted forensic psychology's role and influence in the courts. Some events have greatly impacted how evidence is used in the courts, whereas the impact and use of others is still evolving. Without groundbreaking cases and events, the court system would not have developed in to its current state in which forensic psychology plays an important role. Consequently, forensic psychology has had, and will continue to have, a great impact on the court system.
• Review the article "Psychology and Legal Change: The Impact of a Decade,"
A description of the two historical cases and/or events you selected. Then analyze and explain how each case or event has contributed to the field of forensic psychology in the courts. Finally, explain what you believe to be the impact of forensic psychology in the court system.

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Hi and thank you for using Brainmass. The solution below should get you started. In this particular task, you are asking for assistance in putting together a discussion. As I understand it, you need to review an article and choose 2 groundbreaking cases as such I suggest using this outline:

1. About the Article - 100 words
2. Case 1 and impact - 100 words
3. Case 2 and impact - 100 words
4. Impact in the courts - 100 words

This outline should yield 400 words which should cover what you need. Just let me know via the feedback section if you need further clarification. You can also use the listed resources to further explore the topic. All the best with your studies.

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Article Overview

• Author - Haney, Craig
• Title - "Psychology and Legal Change"
• Details - from Law & Human Behavior, Vol. 17, No. 4, 1993

This particular narrative by Haney (1993) reviews the impact of psychology in the legal process. Its impact - in terms of the contribution of the science in relation to legal change - is pored over. Additionally, the article lists problem areas in the application or utilization of psychology in courts and provides a discussion of the intersection of psychology and law as an applied academic discipline. Haney (1993) writes, "I believe that psychology and law can be seen as one of the great success stories in applied psychology...To ...

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The solution provides information, assistance and advise in tackling the task (see above) on the topic of forensic psychology and the cases that integrated it legal practice. Resources ares listed for further exploration of the topic.

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