Will "I Was a Victim of Lead Poisoning as a Child" be Next Legal Defense for Murder?
If you’re involved with the legal field or expect to one day serve on a jury you just may find yourself coming up an intriguing defense in the future, lead poisoning. It turns out that there’s a growing body of research linking the level of lead in the blood of preschoolers with crime rates later in life.
Of course it may take awhile for that excuse to reach the courtroom, but I don’t doubt for even a second that some legal whiz will try it. Because according to the research accomplished by tracking blood levels and violent crime in Canada, Britain, the US and several other industrialized countries over several decades, exposure to lead during the first few years of life leads to lower IQ scores. And when combined with other research that shows a strong association between low IQ and criminal behavior, the potential for such a defense emerges.
Intriguingly, by looking at different countries and analyzing each of their police strategies, economic conditions and other factors associated with crime, researchers like Richard Nevin were able to further bring to light the link between crime and lead. For instance, each country phased out lead in gasoline, plumbing and paint at different times, providing a rigorous test that shows a high degree of likelihood that lead poisoning can influence violent crime rates.
And researchers also pointed out the fact that removing lead from gasoline, plumbing and paint was a huge public health success that also happened to inadvertently reduce crime at the same time.
Perhaps I’ll take another look at those toys from China…
via:: London Topic