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Art on TrialArt Therapy in Capital Murder Cases$
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David Gussak

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231162517

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231162517.001.0001

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Art Therapists as Expert Witnesses

Art Therapists as Expert Witnesses

Three More Capital Cases

(p.147) 7 Art Therapists as Expert Witnesses
Art on Trial

David E. Gussak

Columbia University Press

This chapter presents three more capital cases where art therapists contributed to the defense or appeals as expert witnesses, exemplifying the various roles that art therapists can play in the forensic process. While not called in to provide testimony, an art therapist may be consulted by an expert witness chosen by the defense team, such as in the case of Benjamin Stevens in the 1980s, where art therapist Sandra Kagin Graves was asked to assess the defendant and write a report to supplement the witness's testimony. An art therapist may also be contracted to provide support for an appeal, such as in the case of Randy Thomas in the early 1980s, where Myra Levick assessed Thomas's daughter through art-based techniques. Meanwhile, in the case of Edward Ronalds in the early 1990s, Maxine Junge was asked to provide testimony during the sentencing phase of the trial on the art that Ronalds had completed in his childhood.

Keywords:   art therapists, expert witnesses, forensic process, Benjamin Stevens, Sandra Kagin Graves, Randy Thomas, Myra Levick, art-based techniques, Edward Ronalds, Maxine Junge

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