In reading the Jan. 21 article, Use of controversial ‘brain-mapping’ technology stymied in Florida courts, on Quantitative Electroencephalogram technology, I concluded that we, as a society, have the whole thing backwards.It is possible for an underprivileged 16-year-old who kills someone in a holdup to turn his life around and become a useful citizen. It isn’t possible for someone who killed because a brain lesion left him unable to control his emotions to take control of his future actions. He remains a threat as long as he lives. As a result, the law should treat evidence of such brain damage as an aggravating circumstance and not as a mitigating one.
Arnold Slotkin, Hollywood