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Ethics Review: Forensics Case/False Confession

Murder on a Sunday Morning: 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 (Note: Refer to the forensic and multicultural guidelines when completing this part
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.

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The solution below should get you started. Since this is a continuation of the work we have already done, I suggest drawing from that already to make sure that there is no gap in your work, that you have continuation. As such, I suggest using this outline:

1. Details & Summary of the Documentary - 150 words
2. Assessment Principles Ethical & Multicultural Issue - 1 (200 words)
3. Forensic Psychology Application to resolve issues - 150 words
4. Court Considerations - 100 words

Ethics Review: Murder on a Sunday Morning


- 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 & 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 intimated 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 to Butler's acquittal with both Glover and Shorstein apologizing to the teen publicly although they maintain that there was no physical abuse that occurred. McGuinness and Finnell meanwhile tipped the Sheriff's office about 2 other suspects that their research has revealed in the course of their defense of Butler - Juan Curtis and Jermel Williams. Curtis' fingerprints were found on the victim's purse while Williams testified against Curtis in the trial for a more lenient ...

Solution Summary

The solution provides information, assistance, and advice for doing an ethical and cultural review of a particular case - that of Brenton Butler - in relation to issues in his case, including false confessions. Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic.