Fourth Discussion Paper

Fourth Discussion Paper - three times in the head Issues 1...

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Jillian Dubois Major Baker SOC 274 February 12, 2008 State v. Norman Facts: Norman’s husband has a long previous history of domestic abuse. The woman had attempted suicide to get away from him. He threatened to kill her numerous times. He forced her into prostitution, if she didn’t prostitute herself, he would beat her. He forced her to do things that would be inhumane, such as forcing her to eat dog food and sleeping on the floor. For years he had threatened her life. The woman was petrified of him, and had spoken to police officials and they had told her that they couldn’t do much for her. The husband was beating Norman and then fell asleep. Norman brought the baby she had been watching to her mother’s house, returned to her home and shot her sleeping husband
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Unformatted text preview: three times in the head. Issues: 1. Can a battered woman use the self defense claim in cases where the woman was not in immediate danger? Holding: The court held that a woman can’t use the self defense claim in cases where the woman is not in immediate danger. Reasons: The court ruled in this case that women can’t use the self defense claim in a case in which there is no clear and present danger. This would allude that a person could murder their husband and claim that he was abusing her. The statute of murder based on self defense states that you must use only the amount of force necessary to fend off an unwanted attack, in this case, her husband was sleeping and was causing her no harm, therefore the self defense clause is null and void....
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This note was uploaded on 04/30/2008 for the course SOC 274 taught by Professor Baker during the Spring '08 term at Rhode Island.

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