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Title

The Prohibition of Ultimate Opinions: A Misguided Enterprise

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2003

Abstract

During the 1980s, a coterie of scholars attempted to limit the scope of expert testimony by curtailing ultimate opinions. As its foremost proponent, Melton continues to champion this prohibition. This brief commentary attempts to understand the Meltonian perspective and its intolerance of ultimate and penultimate opinions. Issues include the ad populum thesis, the non-expert exclusion, and a usurpation hypothesis. Beyond Melton, the legal landscape of ultimate opinions is considered. Finally, we examine the untoward effects of categorically prohibiting ultimate opinion testimony.

Publication Title

Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice

First Page

65

Last Page

75

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