The following discussion comes from your week 3 readings. Outside

 

The following discussion comes from your week 3 readings. Outside research to address these issues is encouraged. I would suggest using the online library for additional sources of information and research.  In addition, I would recommend utilizing the legal studies program guide.

Part I

Affirmative defenses fall under the categories of justification and excuse. Choose one justification defense (self-defense, duress, etc.) and one excuse defense (infancy, mistake of fact, intoxication, etc.).

Explain how these defenses can be used at trial. Should these types of defenses relieve a person of his or her criminal responsibility?

Part II

The defense of duress cannot be used in cases of murder.

Is this exception reasonable, or are there murder cases where this defense should be allowed?