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July 7, 2010

"Can Genes And Brain Abnormalities Create Killers?"

The question in the title of this post is the headline of this NPR feature on Talk of the Nation which reviews some of the latest research and debate over brain science and criminal justice.  Here is how the lengthy segment is set up by the NPR folks:

Breakthroughs in neuroscience are changing the way criminals are defended in court.  Scientific research on brain scans and DNA has provided new insight on how some kinds of criminals are different from law-abiding citizens.  Differences in their brains and genes may predispose them to violence.

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The Champion published an excellent article about 6 months ago regarding advances in neuro-imaging, i.e., fMRI (functional MRI).

Posted by: benson weintraub | Jul 7, 2010 1:37:57 PM

This is impossible for the lawyer dumbass to grasp.

Say a gene is found that has a 90% chance of producing a serial killer who must torture little girls to get even slight sexual arousal or pleasure.

This gene requires that the fetus carrying it be aborted in the first two trimesters, even against the mother's will. Deference to the irresponsible hussy's desire for a child has to come after the safety consideration of the public, and to prevent many future deaths.

Say, someone is diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. He stopped his medications, and stabbed the kindly landlady 50 times, thinking her in cahoots with his FBI tormentors, beaming radar at his brain and snatching all his thoughts. That type of person kills 2000 random people a year, thinking them the cause of his torments. That person is far more dangerous than a drug kingpin, who kills competitors. any contract killer. They may be reasoned with, and influenced by outcomes of their crimes. By diagnosis, the insane defendant cannot be reasone with, nor influenced.

He of all defendants needs to be executed, and as quickly as possible.

The dumbass lawyer sees these findings as excuses for restraining the death penalty and getting more of his clients loosed onto the public. Part of this conclusion comes from just deserts/ retribution purpose of the criminal law. That is a religious belief, and unlawful in our secular nation.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Jul 7, 2010 8:19:52 PM

Every one of the 2000 murders by paranoid schizophrenics is caused by the lawyer. The lawyer prevented the involuntary treatment of the mentally ill. Why? The commitment hearing generates jobs for three lawyers, the prosecutor, the defense lawyer, and the buffoon in the middle. Instead of seeing to the clinical needs of the deranged person, a trial is set off. It requires that a dangerous act be proven.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Jul 8, 2010 6:26:47 AM

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