Title: Is Brain Imaging the Future of Criminal Law?

by Stephen Cobb on Jan. 10, 2018

Criminal Criminal  Felony Criminal  Misdemeanor 

Summary: Mr. Cobb began having clients in need of addiction and/or mental health services undergo forensic brain imaging studies using SPECT in 2005. The results revealed an important change in the paradigm underpinning American criminal justice since the invention of the jury: crime is a brain disorder.

Attorney Stephen G. Cobb of Cobb Criminal Defense Law Firm of Florida and Dr. Daniel Amen of Amen Clinics, Inc., gave a joint Continuing Legal Education seminar in Atlanta, Georgia, on Friday, March 1, 2013. The subject of the presentation was “Forensic Use of SPECT Neuro-Imaging.

SPECT (Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography) is a well-established brain imaging technology

Dr. Amen, the author of twenty-nine books and numerous technical publications in medical journals about SPECT brain imaging, displayed actual brain images of several high profile, violent offenders, next to healthy, normal brain images. He noted that SPECT “cannot tell if someone is innocent or guilty” and that “SPECT brain imaging is not a doctor in a box.” 

Mr. Cobb, a Florida Bar Association Board Certified Expert in Criminal Trial Law and the host of Florida Criminal Law Television, has long advocated the abandonment of the current criminal Crime and Punishment paradigm in favor of one focused on Crime and Treatment.

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