Friday, January 8, 2010

Excellent article on role of "Dr. Death" psychologist and junk science in Texas Atkins MR death penalty cases

A January 8, 2010 article in the Texas Observer is probably the most accurate investigative story I've read regarding some of the voodoo psychometrics (aka., junk science by "Dr. Death") and questionable professional behavior by a psychological examiner in Atkins death penalty cases. RenĂ© Feltz did an excellent job in covering the major issues and some of the crazy things that have occurred Atkins death penalty cases, particularly in the state of Texas.  The Plata case has been previously commented on at this blog (click here for comments and link to court decision file).

The article includes a number of embedded YouTube videos which are worth watching. The last video in the online article is a particularly good brief summary of the major issues in this story. Click here if you want to view this third video directly from YouTube (in case you do not want to take the time to read the newspaper article).

An excellent example of "sunlight is the best disinfectant."

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