Model Penal Code Insanity Defense

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The Model Penal Code presents a distinct formulation of the insanity defense.  Under this test, an individual is not liable for criminal offenses if, when he or she committed the crime or crimes, the individual suffered from a mental disease or defect that resulted in the individual lacking the substantial capacity to appreciate the wrongfulness of his or her actions or to conform his or her actions to requirements under the law.