How to get brains (and how not to)

microwoman.gifBrain lab’s appeal met with some skepticism in court

A research lab accused of taking brains from corpses without proper consent argued before Maine’s highest court Thursday that state law protects it from being sued as long as the lab was unaware of the tactics being used by its contractor.

At least some justices seemed dubious.

“If you looked the other way just because you didn’t want to know, that’s OK?” Justice Donald Alexander of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court asked skeptically.

“Yes,” said Tom Laprade, a lawyer who represents the Stanley Medical Research Institute.

So says an October 26, 2007 Portland Press-Herald article.

(Thanks to investigator David Brooks for bringing this to our attention.)