PBS: Brains on Trial with Alan Alda

September 18, 2013 

Walter Sinnott-Armstrong discusses the case of "Jimmy" with Alan Alda, Honary Judge Jed Rakoff, Nita Farahany, and Michael Gazzaniga

What was the judge thinking when he sentenced Jimmy to 12 years in prison? Could he get an early parole? What might Jimmy’s fate be in prison, considering he’s an addict, impulsive, and impressionable? Get answers to these questions and more as Hon. Judge Jed Rakoff discusses the potential impact of his sentence with Alan Alda and experts Nita Farahany and Walter Sinnott-Armstrong of Duke University and Michael Gazzaniga of UC Santa Barbara.

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