Writers with the New York Times have a strange sense of priority. A story about Peter Braunstein, a man who has admitted to posing as a firefighter to enable a vicious sexual assault, begins with a critique of his writing skills:
His prose was dense, sarcastic, with intellectual overtones.
That aside, the article is a fascinating look at how a lawyer is using neuroscience to deflect criminal responsibility from his client.
The defense has conceded that he committed the crime, and is working on a risky defense that will combine traditional psychiatric testimony with the burgeoning field of “neurolaw,” which holds that there is a biological basis for behavior.
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