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Lennie Briscoe

In the UK we have a legal defense to murder based on provocation (see http://www.jfw.org.uk/LAW.HTM). Do you have this defense in the US? I wonder if this was ever explored at trial in the cases you describe..

Laura

Lennie, we do have this defense in the U.S. Generally, "adequate provocation" reduces the crime from murder to voluntary manslaughter. The Uncivil Litigator blog has an interesting discussion of this defense at http://uncivillitigator.blogspot.com/2004/04/emasculate-me-prepare-to-die.html

Janet Schmidt

"Though Oklahoma has put to death dozens of killers over the years, only two have been women. Both were black."

Actually, Oklahoma executed another woman, Marilyn Plantz, on May 1, 2001, Lois Nadean Smith on Dec 4, 2001
Both were white.
Source:
http://www.dpio.org/executions/Oklahoma-Full_Listing.html

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