Please create an account to participate in the Slashdot moderation system

 



Forgot your password?
typodupeerror
Check out the new SourceForge HTML5 internet speed test! No Flash necessary and runs on all devices. ×
Science

Submission + - Brain scans used in murder sentencing (sciencemag.org)

sciencehabit writes: For what may be the first time, fMRI scans of brain activity have been used as evidence in the sentencing phase of a murder trial. Defense lawyers for an Illinois man convicted of raping and killing a 10-year-old girl used the scans to argue that their client should be spared the death penalty because he has a brain disorder. Some experts say the scans are irrelevant because they were taken 20+ years after the crimes were committed. Others point out that the scans are only being considered because the sentencing phase of a trial has less stringent standards about evidence than those for evidence used to establish a defendant's innocence or guilt.
This discussion was created for logged-in users only, but now has been archived. No new comments can be posted.

Brain scans used in murder sentencing

Comments Filter:

Disclaimer: "These opinions are my own, though for a small fee they be yours too." -- Dave Haynie

Working...