abuse excuse
A type of self-defense claim with which defendants seek to justify their actions by proving that they were subjected to years of prolonged child or spousal abuse.
Category: Criminal Law
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


abuse excuse
Description of efforts by some criminal defendants to negate criminal responsibility by showing that they could not tell right from wrong due to abuse by their spouses or parents. Although this defense is not specifically recognized in substantive criminal law, it has been used successfully in some cases to prove, for example, the insanity defense.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


abuse excuse
Description of efforts by some criminal defendants to negate criminal responsibility by showing that they could not tell right from wrong due to abuse by their spouses or parents.
 
Although this defense is not specifically recognized in substantive criminal law, it has been used successfully in some cases to prove, for example, the insanity defense.

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