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American Law Institute test

Section 4.01 of the ALI's Model Penal Code provided this test for the insanity defense:

"A person is not responsible for his criminal conduct if at the time of such conduct as a result of mental disease or defect he lacks substantial capacity to appreciate the criminality of his conduct [cognitive arm] or to conform his conduct to the requirements of law [volitional arm]."

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