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June 2003 , Page 51 

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Reviews in Review

By Ellen S. Podgor

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Consciousness

 

Deborah W. Denno
Crime and Consciousness: Science and Involuntary Acts
87 Minnesota Law Review 369 (2002) 
 

Scientific advancements have enormously changed the landscape of how criminal law is approached. One place within criminal law that has not incorporated the scientific changes is the area of consciousness. Professor Deborah Denno presents a wonderful article that examines these scientific advancements and also examines the deficiencies in existing law.  

She begins with an overview of the Model Penal Code’s presentation of the requirement of a voluntary act. She also discusses differing state views in their approach to issues of consciousness. A detailed appendix is provided that looks at the voluntary act requirement in states on January 1, 1979 and then on January 1, 2001. Professor Denno specifically notes the “problems with the

Model Penal Code’s voluntary act dichotomies.” She also discusses how courts “have dealt with the automatism/uncons

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