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Brain Scan A New Wave In Criminal Evidence

Publication Date: 
September 08, 2008
Source: 
The International Herald Tribune
Author: 
Anand Giridharadas

Professor Henry T. "Hank" Greely is quoted in an International Herald Tribune article about a brain-scan evidence used to convict a man in India:

India has become the first country to convict someone of a crime relying on evidence from this controversial machine: a brain scanner that produces images of the human mind in action and is said to reveal signs that a suspect remembers details of the crime in question.

''I find this both interesting and disturbing,'' Henry Greely, a bioethicist at Stanford Law School, said of the Indian verdict. ''We keep looking for a magic technological solution to lie detection,'' he added. ''Maybe we'll have it someday, but we need to demand the highest standards of proof before we ruin people's lives based on its application.''