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Imperfect self-defense

Oct 1, 2020

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 […]

Oct 27, 2016

Divided Md. court affirms battered wife’s murder conviction

A divided Maryland appeals court has upheld the first-degree murder conviction and life sentence of a woman who hired a man to kill her husband, who she said had physically, verbally and psychologically abused her for more than 25 years.

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