Capital and Murder Cases
During his thirty
three years as a clinical and forensic psychologist,
Jose J. LaCalle, Ph.D., ABPP, has been retained or appointed
to evaluate over 200 defendants charged with murder.
Approximately half of those cases involved death penalty or first
degree murder. Most of the defendants were Hispanics of different
nationalities. A great majority were Mexican nationals and
Mexican-Americans, but also included were Cubans, Puerto
Ricans, Central and South Americans. In recent years, due to his
vast experience in death penalty, he has been retained in notorious
murder cases involving Blacks, Asians and Whites in several States.
Dr. LaCalle performs
comprehensive psychological and
socio-cultural evaluations, which might include multiple clinical
interviews, psychological testing, personality assessment,
collateral interviews of family members, relatives and other
persons significant to the case. He investigates the cultural
implications, the linguistic parameters, the religious and
superstitious beliefs, the physical habitat, the socio-economical
conditions and family backgrounds.
Dr. LaCalle has traveled extensively both in the United States and
in Latin America as part of these comprehensive socio-cultural
investigations. He lived in Mexico for several years, and continues
traveling to Mexico several times a year. In addition he has
visited, done research and participated in lectures and seminars
in Colombia, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, Cuba, El Salvador,
Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Peru, Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay,
Argentina, Chile, Ecuador and Spain.
When needed, he travels to the state or country of origin of the
defendant and conducts psycho-social investigations relevant to
the case, videotapes prospective witnesses, habitats and other
culturally significant places and events. Although he can travel
alone, he prefers to go accompanied by either the attorney or the
chief investigator of the case. He can be of great assistance on
these trips to select and prepare potential witnesses for the
penalty phase. On several occasions, these trips have been the
determining factor for discovering the true identity of the
defendant. In others, the findings significantly affected the
outcome of the trial.
Partial list of capital and murder cases
Murder and capital case summaries
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