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NCJ Number: 119346 Find in a Library
Title: Battered Women Who Kill -- Cases (From Representing...Battered Women Who Kill, P 259-320, 1989, Sara Lee Johann and Frank Osanka -- See NCJ-119339)
Author(s): S L Johann; F Osanka
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 62
Sponsoring Agency: Charles C. Thomas
Springfield, IL 62704
Sale Source: Charles C. Thomas
2600 South First Street
Springfield, IL 62704
United States of America
Type: Legislation/Policy Description
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This compilation includes 60 condensed summaries of appellate cases in which battered women who killed their abusers challenged trial court conclusions by appeal.
Abstract: The summaries should be helpful to attorneys who must prepare cases for battered women who kill, and should be particularly useful in helping attorneys choose defense, trial, and appeal strategies. The sample of 60 cases is also intended to provide attorneys with immediate briefings on the intricacies and nuances of cases involving battered women who kill. The sample includes only some of the cases that have been tried and appealed; it does not represent a large number of battered women who plea bargained and never went to trial or battered women who went to trial but did not appeal. The cases should be useful to attorneys in filing and arguing motions and in briefs on such issues as the admissibility of battered women syndrome expert testimony, self-defense, insanity, and the admissibility of evidence on a victim's past violent acts.
Main Term(s): Legal remedies for battered women
Index Term(s): Insanity defense; Rules of evidence
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