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21 August 2011

Will neuroscience challenge the legal concept of criminal responsibility? (The Dana Foundation Website - 24 May 2011)

Dana_logo Advances in neuroscience may challenge many notions held dear in the American legal system.  Hear what the experts have to say about whether it will challenge the concept of criminal responsibility.

Excerpt:

Just before 10:00 a.m. on June 20, 2001, a uniformed police officer was dispatched to do what he thought was a routine welfare check at a home in Houston, Texas. When the officer met Andrea Yates at the door, she immediately told him, “I just killed my kids.” When Yates was later asked why she drowned her five children, she claimed she had to in order to save them from hell. The police would learn that Yates had been suffering from long-term post-partum depression and psychosis...

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