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A Case Of Indecent Assault: Fitting Sleep-Walking Expertise In

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In this case study, two psychological experts assess the sleepwalking account of the defendant who is charged with indecent assault. The expert testimonies get entangled with other forms of knowing in the jury trial. Their knowledge claims get restricted by various neighbouring knowledges: the certified facts, the instructed case, the opposing expert, and the common sense. Knowing is delegated and distributed. The phrase "of course" sharpens the contrast between the cases of prosecution and defence. It introduces a first impression (disbelief and laughter) and a second impression (scepticism and assessment) of the matter. The "of course" (simplicity) and the "assistance" (complexity) constitute a sharp disparity. This disparity and the contribution of experts is the concern of this chapter. The author points out the spectrum of the experts' legal impact, meaning their relevance for the shaping and the outcome of criminal cases.

Keywords: criminal proceedings; prosecution; sleepwalking expertise



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