Francis Shen

Professor Shen's Scholarship cited by U.S. Supreme Court

In his dissent in Borden v. United States (decided June 10, 2021), Justice Brett Kavanaugh cited Professor Francis Shen's law review article, Sorting Guilty Minds. The case involved interpretation of the required mens rea in the Armed Career Criminal Act, and Justice Kavanaugh cited Professor Shen's article when discussing the often blurry line between "reckless" and "knowing" mental states. The article, co-authored with colleagues from the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience, is part of Professor Shen's extensive work at the intersection of psychology, neuroscience, and criminal mental states.