Temple professor discusses ‘brain development’ appeal in rape case

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Philadelphia Weekly

Since the “unconscious girls can’t say no” argument didn’t work, Walter Madison, one of the attorneys for the teenage boys convicted of rape in Steubenville, is now trying to blame his client’s brain. Temple’s Laurence Steinberg has made significant contributions on adolescent brain development that Madison will surely be referencing in his appeal. “Compared to adults, adolescents are much more likely to be drawn to the immediate rewards present and not think long-term and are more likely to have difficulty controlling their impulses,” he said.