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Make duress a partial defence to murder

As the law stands, if A threatens to kill B if he does not kill C, then B will be convicted of murder but A will not. In my opinion this is completely unfair as it expects ordinary people to sacrifice their own life or the lives of their family e.g. Is it fair that a mother should be charged with murder when someone has threatened to kill her child if she does not? I believe that the government should introduce a law that ensures that duress can be used as a defence to reduce murder to manslaughter in such situations.

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Created By

Phillip Green

Created On

Wednesday 12 June 2013

Closing Date

Tuesday 8 July 2014

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