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Prior to beginning work on this discussion, read Chapters 2, 3, and 8 from the textbook, and the article Sentencing advocates enhance reasoned court decisions Links to an external site., then choose a high-profile homicide perpetrator to become your “client” for the remainder of the course. This individual and their case will be the topic of assessments throughout the course, including your final paper. Working with your chosen killer in these discussions and assignments will help you complete your final paper.
One of the best places to search for high profile killers (murderers) is online. The requirements are that the high-profile perpetrator must be someone whose case received a lot of publicity so that you can complete all of the assignments required in the course.
Examples of high-profile killers include, but are not limited to, the following:
Aileen Wuornos (Florida serial killer)
Diane Downs (Oregon murderer)
Susan Smith (South Carolina murderer)
Patrizia Reggiani (Italy murderer)
Leslie Van Houten (California murderer)
Karla Faye Tucker (Texas murderer)
Charles Manson (California murderer)
Fred West (England/UK murderer)
Wayne Williams (Atlanta murderer)
Jared Lee Loughner (Congresswoman Giffords’ shooter and mass murderer)
Timothy McVeigh (Oklahoma City bombing)
You may choose one of the above or find a high-profile killer on your own.
For this course, you will assume the following scenario: Imagine that you have been retained by your “client’s” defense attorney as a sentencing advocate to mitigate a possible death penalty sentence in your client’s case. Your role in this capacity is to work as a sentencing advocate on behalf of your client (the defendant).
In Week 5, you will prepare a comprehensive case study report. This report will contain an analysis of the psychological factors that may have contributed to the commission of the crimes in the chosen case study and how these psychological factors should be considered as a basis for a prison sentence less than the death penalty. For the purpose of this discussion, you are proceeding as if the defendant is still alive and has not yet been sentenced even if the case has already been resolved.
In your initial post of 300 words, please address the directives below:
Tell your peers who your client is and why you made that choice. That is, discuss what it was about the case and the defendant that interested you.
Assess what mental disorders your client might be suffering from that may have contributed to the crime, based upon your preliminary research on this case and client, and your assigned textbook readings.
Describe the disorder(s) including its signs and symptoms. Connect the signs and symptoms that you believe apply to your client’s behavior.
Explain what your textbook says about the likelihood that your client’s mental state contributed to the crime(s).
Discuss whether psychopathy, insanity, or competence to stand trial are potential issues in your client’s case, based upon your preliminary research of the case and your assigned textbook readings.
Support your claims with examples from the required materials and other scholarly or credible sources, and properly cite any references in APA Style Links to an external site.. See the Scholarly, Peer-Reviewed, and Other Credible Sources Links to an external site.table if you need guidance on appropriate source types.