Midterm 2 Question 1

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1. Please explain why many scholars have been critical of the "cultural defense,"  as it has appeared in cases where criminal defendants have used their cultural  backgrounds to minimize their criminal liability. Many scholars have been critical of the “cultural defense” because  it is disputable – is it rape or common courtship ritual? i.e. a Hmong refugee kidnapped and rape a female Hmong; when  convicted his cultural defense => the Hmong courtship custom was  to kidnap a girl and she is “suppose” to resist as a sign for the  male’s power to dominant over the female before marriage verdict : court dismissed the rape and kidnapping charge; most he  had to do was to pay a fine to the woman he assaulted   A common criticism of the cultural defense is that it leads to 
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This note was uploaded on 11/15/2010 for the course AS AM 2 taught by Professor Park during the Spring '08 term at UCSB.

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