Jason Bush’s brain is ‘unusually deviant,’ psychologist says
This is the penalty phase in the second trial for the murders of Brisenia and Raul Junior Flores. Actually, they’re calling it the “mitigation” phase.
Maybe to show them what he did? If they hate him as a result, it’s kind of a side effect.
A Tucson psychologist compared Jason Bush’s brain Thursday to a bad orchestra, one that plays different notes or different music at the same time.
Robert Crago conducted a special kind of EEG test called a qualitative EEG test on Bush. The test allowed him to record the electrical activity in the convicted killer’s brain and compare it with those of the general populace.
He found Bush’s brain activity is exceptionally slow and that various parts of his brain aren’t in sync with other parts, Crago said.
There was only a 1-in-100,000 chance of finding such an “unusually deviant” brain, the doctor testified.
During opening statements, defense attorney Richard Parrish pleaded with jurors to remember their promise to keep an open mind during this phase of the trial.
Clearly Bush’s acts weren’t “properly done, justifiable or excusable,” but prosecutors went beyond just proving his guilt, Parrish said.
Prosecutors spent the last two weeks trying to get the jurors to hate Bush, Parrish said.
Why else would they show them gruesome photos, including those of a little girl whose face “was blown away?” Parrish said.
Read the rest, I don’t know when the jury is expected to decide.
Here are some more details from Kim Smith’s excellent “At the Courthouse” blog.