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Md. high court weighs jury instruction in ‘battered spouse’ case

Delving into the issue of domestic violence, Maryland’s top court Thursday grappled with whether a judge properly instructed a jury to determine first if a woman suffered from Battered Spouse Syndrome before deciding if she killed her boyfriend in self-defense. Defense attorney James Kirkpatrick told the Court of Appeals that the Wicomico County Circuit Court judge’s ...

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