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Crime is the Answer

by Stephen Cobb on Jan. 10, 2018

Criminal Criminal  Felony Criminal  Misdemeanor 

Summary: After Mr. Cobb’s public fight with neuroscience deniers, the ABA asked him if he could write a chapter about brain imaging in the courtroom. Since most criminal defense lawyers have no experience using imaging based neuroscience, Mr. Cobb chose prose instead of a citation filled article.

From “Crime is the Answer”, to be published by the American Bar Association in 2018:

Dylan Jackson had a normal, midwestern childhood. Raised in a devout Catholic family, Dylan spent his youth going to Boy Scout meetings, making good grades in school, and he never got into any trouble at all. After he graduated high school, Dylan enlisted in the United States Armed Forces where he excelled due to his natural athleticism, drive and ambition.

The difficulty one faces in order to become a member of elite, military special forces is legendary. Nevertheless, Dylan Jackson successfully became a member of the special forces and rapidly rose through the ranks. He served in several leadership positions over many years of combat after the 9/11 attacks. 

During the war in Iraq, Dylan and his troops were among the first to hit the ground. For the following nine years, Dylan would be rotated between Iraq and Afghanistan during multiple deployments to enemy-held territory. 

All of these deployments to enemy territory involved both giving and receiving hostile fire. Rocket propelled grenades, sniper rifles, implemented explosive devices, assault weapons, hand grenades, and other modern weapons of war were a regular part of Dylan's daily existence. People were killed by Dylan, Dylan was almost killed, and Dylan's comrades in arms were also killed. His closest brush with death came as he was climbing the exterior wall of the building. During the fire fight, a rocket propelled grenade blew him off of a multi story building. On another occasion, Dylan was almost killed by a bullet ricocheting off of rocks he crouched behind for cover. One of the troops under his command was hit and severely injured instead. 

Most of the combat Dylan saw he was unable to talk about except in the broadest of terms due to the sensitivity of most of his special forces operations. Finally, the day came when Dylan could no longer jump out of aircraft, land in hostile territory under the cover of darkness yet still under fire, and take out enemy combatants in the darkness of the night. Thus it came to pass that Dylan received an honorable medical discharge. 

As he was being processed out of the United States Armed Forces, Dylan was stationed at Eglin Air Force Base in Northwest Florida. After the horrors of war, he soon faced the horror of the criminal justice system as reflected in this graphic probable cause statement from the arrest report’s offense report:

“It had been established in the chat that Detective M. Tars’s undercover was 14 years old because when he engaged her she asked him for his “A/S/L” (Age/Sex/Location).  Dylan Jackson stated he was “26 in Florida” and she stated she was “14, f, fl” during the chat on  When the conversation continued on Yahoo Messenger, Dylan Jackson engaged the obscene conversations by making the following statements in the conversation:

For the rest of this amazing story how crime is caused by brain abnormalities, get he forthcoming book to be published by the American Bar Association in 2018.

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