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Is a History of Concussions Soon to Be Used as a Legal Defense?

Titus Young, former Detroit Lions wide receiver, had a court date this past Monday. He was a no-show, citing “personal reasons.” His attorney, “Altus Hudson II, said Young is suffering from concussion symptoms and is undergoing psychiatric treatment.”

Young’s final release from the St. Louis Rams was followed by his arrest “three times in a week during May. He faces 11 charges, including burglary, assaulting a police officer, and resisting arrest.” That’s some hole to dig in such a short period of time.

According to Young’s attorney, Monday’s no-show “was not a surprise.” Hudson… “believes the wide receiver’s decision-making was affected by his concussion problems.” One just might get the feeling that Hudson’s comments might be leading up to a defense strategy. Interesting twist to say the least.

On another front, there’s yesterday’s arrest of the Patriot’s Aaron Hernandez on murder charges. In January of 2012 he received concussion tests after getting his “bell rung on a carry to the goal line.” It’s now some 18 months later and he’s incarcerated without bail. His attorney obviously has his hands full contemplating a defense. Does insanity and concussions have anything in common?

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