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After Legal Threat and 3-Year Delay, Paper on Psychopathy to Appear—Maybe

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Science  11 Jun 2010:
Vol. 328, Issue 5984, pp. 1350
DOI: 10.1126/science.328.5984.1350

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Have fears of "libel tourism" (see main text) kept a controversial psychology paper on psychopaths from seeing the light of day for more than 3 years after its acceptance by a journal? One of the authors believes that's the case, citing a 2007 threat of a defamation lawsuit by forensic psychologist Robert Hare of the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. The disputed paper, which addresses Hare's views on how to diagnose psychopathy and whether past criminal behavior is central to the condition, will be published in the June issue of Psychological Assessment, according to its publisher, the American Psychological Association. Hare argues that he wasn't responsible for the extended delay, saying he agreed in 2008 to write a response for publication at the same time. Indeed, he's "frustrated" because the original paper was widely circulated, and he hasn't had an opportunity to correct what he considers major flaws and misrepresentations of his writings on the connections between criminality and psychopathy.