Researchers from the University of Utah found, in a nationwide survey of 181 state trial judges presented with a hypothetical case, that “evidence presented at sentencing in support of a biomechanics cause” of the convict’s behavior significantly reduced sentencing.
Aspinwall, L., Brown, Teneille,. Tabery, J., “The Double-Edged Sword: Does Biomechanism Increase or Decrease Judges’ Sentencing of Psychopaths?” Science, August 17, 2012; 337 (6096) 846-849
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