The Case Against Brain Scans As Evidence In Court

www.npr.org Published: November 12, 2013
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It's not just people who go on trial these days. It's their brains, according to NPR.

The site reports more and more lawyers are arguing that some defendants deserve special consideration because they have brains that are immature or impaired, says Nita Farahany, a professor of law and philosophy at Duke University who has been studying the use of brain science in court.



About 5 percent of murder trials now involve some neuroscience, Farahany says. "There's a steady increase of defendants seeking to introduce neuroscience to try to reduce the extent to which they're responsible or the extent to which they're punished for a crime," she says.

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