Neuroscience Evidence, Legal Culture, and Criminal Procedure
Michael S. Pardo
University of Alabama School of Law
American Journal of Criminal Law, Vol. 33, p. 301, 2006
U of Alabama Public Law Research Paper No. 910958
Proposed lie-detection technology based on neuroscience poses significant challenges for the law. The law must respond to the science with an adequate understanding of such evidence, its significance, and its limitations. This paper makes three contributions toward those ends. First, it provides an account of the preliminary neuroscience research underlying this proposed evidence. Second, it discusses the nature and significance of such evidence, how such evidence would fit with legal practices and concepts, and its potential admissibility. Finally, it analyzes the constitutional protections that may limit the compelled production of such evidence.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 38
Keywords: neuroscience, fMRI, lie detection, deception, prior knowledge, fourth amendment, fifth amendment, self-incrimination
Date posted: June 25, 2006
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