When Law and Neuroscience Collide

Legal, neuroscientific, and medical scholars, along with active and retired judges, discussed the impact of neuroscience advances in the courtroom, on sentencing, and in the criminal justice system during the Fordham Law Review’s February 26 symposium titled “Criminal Behavior and the Brain: When Law and Neuroscience Collide.” Deborah W. Denno, Arthur A. McGivney Professor of Law, presented findings from her research analysis of 800 cases where attorneys used neuroscience, or the evidence-based approach to understanding the science of the mind, to highlight a defendant’s mental state or to express the extent of a victim’s injury. “Whether people like it or not or think the science is not ready, courts are accepting this evidence,” said Denno, whose Neuroscience and Law Center co-sponsored the event. The all-day symposium’s four panels highlighted, among…


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