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On trial is Jimmy Moran, who at 18 took part in a store robbery during which the storeowner's wife was shot and grievously injured. Presiding is distinguished U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff, who has a longstanding interest in neuroscience and its conceivable effect on criminal law. The trial raises common questions: Is a witness lying? How reliable is eyewitness testimony? What's the best way to avoid a biased jury? How well can the defendant's intentions be judged? Alan Alda explores how brain-scanning technology is providing insights into these questions and discusses the implications of neuroscience entering the courtroom.

Source: PBS


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x1
Airdate: Wednesday September 11th, 2013

Director: (Unknown)
Writer: (Unknown)


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Alan AldaAlan Alda
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Warning: Brains on Trial with Alan Alda season 1 episode 1 guide may contain spoilers
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