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    Does "Battered Woman's Syndrome" justify murder?

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    Is it justifiable for a court to dismiss a murder charge because the defendant has battered woman syndrome?

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    Hi,
    While Brain Mass prohibits us from directly answering your assignment question and only allows us to give you guidance, I certainly can give you some ideas on how to proceed. I really hope this will help you come up with a quality and thorough answer.

    Now, your answer is going to depend on your stance so I will give you guidance on both aspects. If you think it is justifiable then you should heavily reference the self defense and crime of passion defenses. A very strong argument could be made that this person is significantly traumatized and reacted out of fear and nessecity to save their own life. I'm gathering this person's life was repeatedly threatened and an argument could be made ...

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    This solution contains over 400 words on both views for and against 'battered woman syndrome' as justification for murder.

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