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Brooke Butler

Brooke Butler

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Dr. Brooke Butler has over 14 years of experience as a research psychologist, mitigation specialist, and litigation consultant in a wide range of trials, appeals, and post-conviction relief at both the federal and state levels. She received her
Ph.D. in legal psychology (with a minor program in social psychology) from Florida International University in 2000.

Dr. Butler has conducted pretrial research for numerous high-profile cases, but currently devotes her private practice to criminal defense with a focus on mitigation, jury selection, and change-of-venue issues. She has been appointed, retained, or consulted on over 100 cases throughout the United States, with the majority of her work involving capital clients.

Dr. Butler has served as a consultant for The Innocence Project of Florida and is currently on the Regional Board of Directors of the Florida Capital Resource Center. She is also an ad-hoc reviewer for the Institutional Review Board at New College of Florida.

Dr. Butler has first-authored over 20 published journal articles, book reviews, and encyclopedia entries. She has also given numerous peer-reviewed and invited presentations at psycholegal conferences, academic seminars, and attorney training colleges.

Dr. Butler has taught a wide variety of undergraduate classes at the University of North Florida, Florida International University, University of South Florida-Sarasota, and New College of Florida. Her courses have included The Death Penalty, Research Methods, Psychology and Law, Psychology of Mitigation, and Social Justice: A Psycholegal Perspective.

Primary Interests:

  • Aggression, Conflict, Peace
  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Group Processes
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Law and Public Policy
  • Nonverbal Behavior
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Persuasion, Social Influence

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Journal Articles:

  • Butler, B. (2012). Capital pretrial publicity as a symbolic public execution: A case report. Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice, 12(3), 259-269.
  • Butler, B. (2010). Moving beyond Ford, Atkins, and Roper: Jurors’ attitudes toward the execution of the elderly and the physically disabled. Psychology, Crime, and Law, 16(8), 631-647.
  • Butler, B. (2010). My client is guilty of “this,” but not guilty of “that:” The impact of defense-attorney concessions on juror decisions. American Journal of Forensic Psychology, 28(1), 5-19.
  • Butler, B. (2010). How to think like a shrink: Using psychological concepts to enhance voir dire. Florida Defender, 22(4), 12-14.
  • Butler, B. (2010). “He’s something less than human:” The impact of pretrial publicity on capital defendants’ right to due process. Florida Defender, 21(4), 19-24.
  • Butler, B. (2008). Caveats of the death-qualified jury: Ways capital defense attorneys can use psycholegal research to their advantage. The Jury Expert, 20(1), 10-22.
  • Butler, B. (2008). The role of death qualification in venirepersons' susceptibility to victim impact statements. Psychology, Crime, and Law, 14(2), 133-141.
  • Butler, B. (2007). The role of death qualification in capital trials involving juvenile defendants. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 37(3), 549-560.
  • Butler, B. (2007). Death qualification and prejudice: The effect of implicit racism, sexism, and homophobia on capital defendants' right to due process. Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 25(6), 857-867.
  • Butler, B. (2007). The role of death qualification in jurors' susceptibility to pretrial publicity. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 37(1), 115-123.
  • Butler, B. (2006). NGRI revisited: Venirepersons' attitudes toward the insanity defense. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 36(8), 1833-1847.
  • Butler, B. (2006). Jurors' attitudes toward post-sentence civil commitment. American Journal of Forensic Psychology, 24(2), 21-30.
  • Butler, B., & Moran, G. (2009). Is “more” mitigation “better?” A comparison of the additive and averaging models in capital cases. American Journal of Forensic Psychology, 27(1), 57-70.
  • Butler, B., & Moran, G. (2007). The impact of death qualification, belief in a just world, legal authoritarianism, and locus of control on venirepersons' evaluations of aggravating and mitigating circumstances in capital trials. Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 25(1), 57-68.
  • Butler, B., & Moran, G. (2007). The role of death qualification and need for cognition in venirepersons' evaluations of expert scientific testimony in capital trials. Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 25(4), 561-571.
  • Butler, B., & Moran, G. (2002). The role of death qualification in venirepersons' evaluations of aggravating and mitigating circumstances in capital trials. Law and Human Behavior, 26(2), 175-184.
  • Butler, B., & Wasserman, A. W. (2006). The role of death qualification in venirepersons' attitudes toward the insanity defense. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 36(7), 1744-1757.

Other Publications:

  • Butler, B. (2008). Victim impact statements. In B. L. Cutler's Encyclopedia of Psychology and Law. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Butler, B. (2008). Racial bias and the death penalty. In B. L. Cutler's Encyclopedia of Psychology and Law. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Butler, B. (2006). Social science and the death penalty. [Review of the book Death by design: Capital punishment as a social psychological system]. American Psychology-Law Society News, 26(3), 12-13.

Courses Taught:

  • Psychology and Law
  • Psychology of Juries
  • Psychology of Mitigation
  • Social Justice: A Psycholegal Perspective
  • The Death Penalty
  • Phone: (941) 321-3190
  • Fax: (941) 306-4829

Brooke Butler
3775 Parkridge Circle
Sarasota, Florida 34243
United States

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