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Friday, 01 January, 2010

Punishing Conjoined Twins

Nick Kam writes: Half Guilty.

How would the American legal system punish conjoined twins if one committed a murder while the other was completely innocent?

Let's consider, for the sake of argument, that we are dealing with dicephalic parapagus conjoined twins, conjoined twins with two heads sharing one body. Each twin controls one half of the body, neither can control the other's half of the body, and neither can feel what the other feels. This is the physiology of the Hensel twins, Abigail and Brittany Hensel.

Further, you must accept that these are two separate individuals because: 1) they have two separate consciousnesses, 2) they exhibit distinct personalities, or 3) they each had to pass the driving exam.

He concludes that they would not be punished.