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1. Provide a comprehensive discussion about the genetic theory of crime. Your response should include twin and adoption studies, as well as the characteristics that are believed to be inherited. Compared to the other theories of crime discussed in class and in the text, how convincing is the genetic theory in your opinion?

2. What is the difference between Good Samaritan laws and Duty To Assist laws? Give an example of each.

3. Choose one of the roles of forensic psychologists you have studied in the first five units, and explain how it can be used to assist the legal system. What are the ethical obligations of the role you chose?

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By responding to the questions, this response addresses aspects of forensic psychology in relation to the legal system e.g. genetic theory of crime, good Samaritan laws vs. duty to assist laws and the role of forensic psychologist in the legal system, as well as the ethical obligations of this role. Examples are provided.

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