In a case in which riot-melee felony charges were brought against five teenage members of an all-black church in southern Arizona, the legal defense team requested a sociological expert witness. This paper presents 1) the nature of the request; 2) the definition of the situation to determine if serving as a sociological expert witness was an appropriate role; 3) excerpts from the recorded testimony, demonstrating the use of symbolic interactionist emergent norm theory, as an explanation for the defendents' behavior; 4) the disposition of the case; 5) the inherent interventionist advocacy role in expert witnessing; and 6) the implications of sociological intervention by means of the sociological expert witness role, long the primary province of psychology and psychiatry.
"The Sociological Expert Withness in a Case of Collective Interracial Violence,"
Clinical Sociology Review: Vol. 4
, Article 12.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/csr/vol4/iss1/12