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Volume 11, Issue 3 (1982)

The Psychologist in Court: Personal Reflections of One Expert Witness in the Case of Larry P

pp. 306—318

ABSTRACT: As a witness for the defense in the Larry P. v. Wilson Riles case, I was provided with a unique opportunity to present my views about the value of individual intelligence tests in the assessment of black children. However, I discovered that the courtroom has a certain form and structure that conflicts with that of the pursuit of knowledge. This article describes my courtroom experience, provides excerpts of the testimony and cross-examination, and makes suggestions for individuals who may testify as expert witnesses.

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