November 18, 2010
Lake Erie College Professor
Comments on Death Penalty Case
Dr. James Eisenberg, nationally recognized expert-in-the-field, professor of psychology, director of the Criminal Justice program, and the associate dean for arts and sciences at Lake Erie College, was interviewed by ABCnews.com to comment on the recent death penalty decision surrounding the 2007 home invasion of Dr. William Petit in Cheshire, Conn., and the murder of his wife and two daughters.
Dr. Eisenberg made a point that trauma is a violent case that affects many. “Defendants’ relatives are going through the same grief, denial, and anger as victims' families,” he said. Attorneys and judges can be deeply affected as well. "If the family wishes to invest in those hearings, it is bringing out the same trauma and horror," he added. Steven Hayes was recently convicted of murder and sentenced to the death penalty. To read the full story, visit: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/StressCoping/dr-william-petitsteven-hayes-death-penalty-closure/story?id=12103364
Dr. Eisenberg is a diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Psychology and serves on their Board of Directors. He has been with the College since 1977. For nearly twenty years he was the associate director and forensic psychologist with the Lake County Forensic Psychiatric Clinic that served the Lake County Court of Common Pleas.
Eisenberg has been called as an expert witness in hundreds of criminal and civil cases. He authored the book, Law, Psychology, and Death Penalty Litigation in 2004 and has worked on over 200 capital cases. On several occasions, he has been invited to speak to the National Congress of Honduras and to the Supreme Court of Honduras. He has various other publications and has presented workshops across the country.