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Mon, Mar 02
Could brain imaging be used as legal evidence?
Brain imaging can already pull bits of information from the minds of willing volunteers in laboratories. What happens when police or lawyers want to use it to pry a key fact from the mind of an unwilling person?
Will your brain be protected under the Fourth Amendment from unreasonable search and seizure?
Or will your brain have a Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination?
“These are issues the United States Supreme Court is going to have to resolve,” said Nita Farahany, a professor of law and philosophy at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, who specializes in bioethical issues.