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I was asked to craft 5-7 pages on the individual portrayed in the documentary, "Murder on a Sunday Morning"

- A brief description of the case study in the documentary, including a description of the individual and the forensic population he is from.
- A description of the potential role(s) of a forensic psychology professional in relation to the case study.
- An explanation of the forensic assessment principles that apply to the case study
- A description of any third party information that may be necessary to collect for forensic assessment of the case study
- A description of three ethical and/or multicultural issues and/or considerations related to the case study
- An analysis of how a forensic psychology professional might best address each of the ethical and/or multicultural issues and/or considerations you described.
- An explanation of what a forensic psychology professional might think important to consider and/or determine when conducting a forensic assessment of the individual in this case study
- An explanation of what the courts might think important to consider and/or determine from a forensic assessment of the individual in this case study
- A description of at least two forensic assessment instruments and/or tools that might be used in relation to this case study, with an explanation of why
- A brief description of the elements that would be included in a forensic assessment report based on this case study
- An explanation of which elements from a forensic assessment report based on this case study would be relevant for testimony, and why
- A description of the implications that the assessment may have for the outcome of the case

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Dear Student,
Hi. In this particular task you are being asked to provide a thorough review of a documentary. Essentially, it appears to be a lot of mini-tasks in relation to a review of a documentary. For the length you are asked to provide, it has to be around 1,500 words or so. This means grouping the tasks to 3.5 parts in relation to the elements being asked of you for inclusion. I suggest this outline:

1. A quick summary of the documentary - must include all particulars, 200 words
2. Part 1: Subject of Study, forensic population & expert, assessment principles & ethical/cultural issues (400 words)
3. Part 2: Forensic handling of ethical/cultural issues, forensic notations to consider in terms of assessment of the subject, legal/court implications (450 words)
4. Part 3: Forensic Assessment elements, Testimony-relevant factors, predictive likely-outcome based on forensic principles (450 words)

This outline should yield around 1,500 words which should give you what you need to complete this task. This also requires you to showcase an understanding of forensic principles (meaning - 'in court' or legal principles) in relation to the practice of forensic psychology. The solution below has been written using resources that determine the use of psychology for court or justice purposes. You can use the listed resources to further explore your topic of study. All the best with your studies.

AE 105878/Xenia Jones

Forensic Psychology Case Review

? Title: Murder on a Sunday Morning
? Format: Documentary
? Director: Jean-Xavier de Lestrade
? Cinematography: Isabelle Razavet
? Producer: Denis Poncet
? Distributor: Direct Cinema
? Country: United States, France
? Date: September 2003
? URL:

The case in review is presented in documentary form of the trial and justice experience of Brenton Butler, who was 15-years old when he was wrongfully identified in a murder case in the year 2000. The Oscar-award winning documentary condenses the trial of Butler who was wrongfully identified as the thief who accosted James and Mary Ann Stephens, a couple who was mugged with the wife shot at point blank range. The Stephens couple were visiting Jacksonville, Florida from Georgia and were staying at the Ramada Inn on University Boulevard. That Sunday morning just as the couple was being accosted, high school student Butler was looking after his dog and was contemplating his application for a job at the video store. In the ensuing immediate investigation, Butler was picked up by the police while on his way to drop off his application at the video store. It appeared that the case was closed when Butler confessed both orally and in writing to 2 police detectives one of whom was Michael Glover, son of the Sheriff, Nat Glover. Because of this, state Attorney Harry Shorstein decided to prosecute the case. Butler was given two public defenders, Patrick McGuinness and Ann Finnell who learned from their client that he was intimidated to confess and was beaten by the detectives to admit to the crime. McGuinness and Finnell produced evidence of the physical assault and in the trial Butler told the story of how he was physically assaulted to confess. This testimony resulted in Butler's acquittal with both Glover and Shorstein apologizing to the teen publicly thought they maintained that there was no physical abuse that occurred. McGuinness and ...

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A brief description for potential roles are examined.