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NCJ Number: 185979 Find in a Library
Title: Partial Excuses to Murder
Editor(s): Stanley Meng Heong Yeo
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 304
Sponsoring Agency: Federation Press (Distributed by Gaunt)
Annandale, NSW 2038, Australia
Law Foundation of New South Wales
North Sydney, Australia
Publication Number: ISBN 1 86287 047 0
Sale Source: Federation Press (Distributed by Gaunt)
71 Johnson Street
P.O. Box 45
Annandale, NSW 2038,
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Book (Hardbound)
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: This is a collection of 16 essays on defenses to murder which reduce the charge to manslaughter.
Abstract: The book is divided into four main sections, covering the defenses of provocation, diminished responsibility, excessive self-defense, and intoxication. The first part contains five essays regarding provocation as a partial justification, not a partial excuse; the abolition of provocation; provocation or self-defense for battered women who kill; provocation in New Zealand; and contemporary provocation law. The section on diminished responsibility contains three essays, including a critique of diminished responsibility and several individuals' viewpoints on the defense. The third section reviews applying excuse theory to excessive self-defense, excessive self-defense in Australia, and excessive defense in Irish law. The fourth section reviews manslaughter and intoxication, the Australian perspective on intoxication defenses, and medical aspects of intoxication. A final section comments on the law of self-defense, critically analyzes the various partial excuses to murder, and proposes a more holistic approach to this area of the law. Table of cases, notes, postscript, index of cases
Main Term(s): Courts
Index Term(s): Abused women; Australia; Criminal responsibility; Defense; Diminished capacity defense; Extreme emotional disturbance defense; Felony murder; Female murderers; Murder; New Zealand
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