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Real Case Scenario - Ruled Admissable in Court

In 1977, at the age of 17, Terry Harrington was arrested for murder. He was convicted and spent over half of his life in prison. Twenty-two years after his conviction, Dr. Lawrence Farwell used Brain Fingerprinting testing to show with a 99.9% statistical confidence level that the record stored in Harrington's brain does not match the crime scene and does match his alibi. The testing showed that significant details of the crime are not stored in his brain. On February 26, 2003 the Iowa Supreme Court reversed his murder conviction and ordered a new trial. In October 2003, the State of Iowa elected not to re-try Mr. Harrington and released him from prison.

In the Brain Fingerprinting tests, Harrington's brain did not emit a MERMER in response to critical details of the murder, details he would have known if he had committed the crime, indicating that this information was not stored in his brain. In a second Brain Fingerprinting test, one that included details about Harrington’s alibi, Harrington's brain did respond with a MERMER, indicating that his brain recognized these events. The details used in the second test were facts about the alibi that Dr. Farwell obtained from official court records and alibi witnesses.

"It is clear that Harrington's brain does not contain critical details about the crime," said Dr. Farwell. "His brain does, however, contain critical details about the events that actually took place that night. We can conclude scientifically that the record of the night of the crime stored in Harrington’s brain does not match the crime scene, and does match the alibi.

The science of Brain Fingerprinting worked to exonerate Terry and can now be used to increase public safety across all areas of crime.

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