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In many parts of the United States, state criminal codes have been highly influenced by something called the Model Penal Code (MPC). The MPC, written several decades ago by a distinguished group of lawyers, law professors, judges, etc., is not itself law, but many states have adopted substantial portions of it. Interestingly, the MPC states that "conduct during hypnosis or resulting from hypnotic suggestion" does not constitute a voluntary act and, so one could not be criminally responsible for the conduct. This is an especially controversial provision of the MPC, and my impression that it is not widely accepted. Were the MPC drafted today, this provision would likely be eliminated.

Thanks, Lisa, for your fantastic contributions this month! As the most recent PEBS Neuroethics Roundup reveals, your posts have been quite popular. We hope to see you back again soon!

Yes, thanks from this reader as well as I just got around to reading these and wanted to note that I too enjoyed her posts.

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