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Author Davis, Kevin (Kevin A.), author.

Title The brain defense : murder in Manhattan and the dawn of neuroscience in America's courtrooms / Kevin Davis.

Publication Info. New York : Penguin Press, 2017.


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 East Hartford, Raymond Library - Adult Department  345.747 DAVIS    Check Shelf
 Enfield, Main Library - Adult Department  345.747 DAV    Check Shelf
 Middletown, Russell Library - Adult Nonfiction  345.747 DAV    Check Shelf
 West Hartford, Noah Webster Library - Non Fiction  345.0252 DAVIS    Check Shelf
 Wethersfield Public Library - Non Fiction  345.747 DAVIS    Check Shelf
 Windsor, Main Library - Adult Department  345.747 DA    Check Shelf
Description 326 pages ; 25 cm
Summary "In 1991, the police were called to East 72nd St. in Manhattan, where a woman's body had fallen from a twelfth-story window. The woman's husband, Herbert Weinstein, soon confessed to having hit and strangled his wife after an argument, then dropping her body out of their apartment window to make it look like a suicide. The 65-year-old Weinstein, a quiet, unassuming retired advertising executive, had no criminal record, no history of violent behavior--not even a short temper. How, then, to explain this horrific act? Journalist Kevin Davis uses the perplexing story of the Weinstein murder to present a riveting, deeply researched exploration of the intersection of neuroscience and criminal justice. Shortly after Weinstein was arrested, an MRI revealed a cyst the size of an orange on his brain's frontal lobe, the part of the brain that governs judgment and impulse control. Weinstein's lawyer seized on that discovery, arguing that the cyst had impaired Weinstein's judgment and that he should not be held criminally responsible for the murder. It was the first case in the United States in which a judge allowed a scan showing a defendant's brain activity to be admitted as evidence to support a claim of innocence. The Weinstein case marked the dawn of a new era in America's courtrooms, raising complex and often troubling questions about how we define responsibility and free will, how we view the purpose of punishment, and how strongly we are willing to bring scientific evidence to bear on moral questions. Davis brings to light not only the intricacies of the Weinstein case but also the broader history linking brain injuries and aberrant behavior, from the bizarre stories of Phineas Gage and Charles Whitman, perpetrator of the 1966 Texas Tower massacre, to the role that brain damage may play in violence carried out by football players and troubled veterans of America's twenty-first century wars. The Weinstein case opened the door for a novel defense that continues to transform the legal system: Criminal lawyers are increasingly turning to neuroscience and introducing the effects of brain injuries--whether caused by trauma or by tumors, cancer, or drug or alcohol abuse--and arguing that such damage should be considered in determining guilt or innocence, the death penalty or years behind bars. As he takes stock of the past, present and future of neuroscience in the courts, Davis offers a powerful account of its potential and its hazards. Thought-provoking and brilliantly crafted, The Brain Defense marries a murder mystery complete with colorful characters and courtroom drama with a sophisticated discussion of how our legal system has changed--and must continue to change--as we broaden our understanding of the human mind"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 297-313) and index.
Contents We found something in Mr. Weinstein's brain -- Lawyers, brains, and colorful pictures -- A charming man -- The brain blame evolution -- Inside Weinstein's brain -- "That's not my Dad" -- A trip to Iowa -- The young brain defense -- The rich man's defense -- When neuroscientists come to court -- The brain science battle -- Deadly tumor -- What's a picture worth? -- Not one healthy brain -- The death penalty attorney and the broken brain -- "What possible harm can I be?" -- Defending America's defenders -- The head-banger defense -- The future of neurolaw and the brain defense.
Subject Weinstein, Herbert -- Trials, litigation, etc.
Trials (Murder) -- New York (State) -- New York.
Insanity (Law) -- New York (State).
Forensic neurology -- New York (State).
Brain -- Diseases -- Law and legislation -- New York (State).
LAW / Criminal Law / General.
PSYCHOLOGY / Cognitive Psychology.
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / General.
Brain -- Diseases -- Law and legislation -- New York (State.)
Genre/Form Trial and arbitral proceedings.
Other Form: Online version: Davis, Kevin (Kevin A.), author. Brain defense New York : Penguin Press, 2017 9780698183353 (DLC) 2016044316
ISBN 9781594206337 (hardback)
1594206333 (hardback)
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