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September 10, 2012

This message brings news about: A) Neurolaw Media & News Clippings; B) Recent or Forthcoming Neurolaw Publications:

A.  Neurolaw Media & News Clippings

  1. United States v. Semrau :  On September 7, 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit affirmed the conviction of Dr. Lorne       Semrau on three counts of healthcare fraud.  This case is the first of its kind to address the admissibility of fMRI imaging as lie detection evidence.  The opinion, which can be accessed here,  cites various commentators from the MacArthur Foundation Law and Neuroscience Project and the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience, including Hank Greely, Judy Illes, and Owen       Jones.  For more on this case, see “Brain Scans as Evidence: Truths,  Proofs, Lies, and Lessons”:       

  2. “In Mock Case, Biological Evidence Reduces Sentences”:  This Science news article references       the August 17, 2012 Science article by Lisa G. Aspinwall, Teneille R. Brown, and James Tabery, “The Double-Edged Sword: Does Biomechanism Increase or Decrease Judges' Sentencing of Psychopaths?”  The article also quotes MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and  Neuroscience member, Stephen J. Morse, and director, Owen D. Jones.  To access the entire news article, visit:

B.  Recent or Forthcoming Neurolaw Publications

  1. Lynn Nadel and Walter Sinnott-Armstrong (Eds.), Memory and Law , Oxford University Press (2012). 
  2. Amanda C. Pustilnik, Pain as Fact and Heuristic: How Pain Neuroimaging Illuminates Moral Dimensions of Law, 97 Cornell Law Review 4 (2012).         
  3. Francis X. Shen, Law and Neuroscience: Possibilities For Prosecutors , 33 CDAA Prosecutor’s Brief 17 (2011).
  4. Stephen J. Morse, The Status of NeuroLaw: A Plea for Current Modesty and Future Cautious Optimism , Journal of Psychiatry & Law 39 (2011).
  5. Makiko Yamada, Et Al., Neural circuits in the brain that are activated when mitigating criminal sentences, 3 Nat Commun. 759 (2012).


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Owen D. Jones
New York Alumni Chancellor's Chair in Law
Professor of Biological Sciences 
Director, MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience

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