Brain Science Can Balance the Scales of Justice, Scholars Tell Judges

POINT CLEAR, Alabama—Advances in knowledge of the brain are starting to affect how criminal defendants are—or should be—sentenced and the how to measure damages in civil cases, two law professors who are also neuroscience scholars told federal judges and attorneys here Thursday.”Our advances in science will affect our society and our law in a variety of ways,” said Hank Greely, a Stanford Law School professor who also teaches genetics. The program on neuroscience and the law was part of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit judicial conference at the Grand Hotel Marriott on Mobile Bay. Those attending included 160 federal judges and 300 practicing attorneys from Georgia, Florida and Alabama. Judges make a good audience, because they’re “smart generalists,” said Greely. He said they need to consider…


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