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United States v. Semrau

Posted by grovese on Monday, September 10, 2012 in Criminal Law, Lie Detection, Neurolaw.

On September 7, 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit affirmed the conviction of Dr. Lorne Semrau on three counts of healthcare fraud.  This case is the first of its kind to address the admissibility of fMRI imaging as lie detection evidence.  The opinion, which can be accessed here http://www.ca6.uscourts.gov/opinions.pdf/12a0312p-06.pdf,
cites various commentators from the MacArthur Foundation Law and Neuroscience Project and the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience, including Hank Greely, Judy Illes, and Owen Jones.  For more on this case, see “Brain Scans as Evidence: Truths, Proofs, Lies, and Lessons”: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1736288

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