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extenuate

(iksten´ūāt´),
v to lessen; to mitigate.
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So, a restriction in RCM 1001(b)(5)(D) that limits the evidence the trial counsel can present during the case in aggravation would not apply to the defense case in extenuation and mitigation.
From our discussion above, we see that extenuation should be more powerful than freestanding mitigation because this evidence directly relates to the commission of the crime.
In other words, seek out facts that pre-empt foreseeable extenuation or mitigation arguments.
The rule provides that "[t]he accused shall be given broad latitude to present evidence in extenuation and mitigation.
Discussing the unsworn statement and its limits, the court said the unsworn statement "remains a product of RCM 1001(c) and thus remains defined in scope by the rule's reference to matters presented in extenuation, mitigation and rebuttal.
The article begins by examining mental capacity, and continues with an analysis of mental responsibility, evidence negating mens rea, evidence negating voluntary act, and, finally, evidence in mitigation and extenuation.
at 297 (outlining the additional rights afforded an accused at an Article 32 investigation, including: right to appear; right to counsel; right to cross-examine the witnesses against him; right to examine the evidence against him; and right to present matters in defense, extenuation or mitigation).
While discussing sentencing instructions at an Article 39(a) session, the defense counsel requested the military judge to highlight the following specific extenuation and mitigation evidence.
request witnesses and present evidence in mitigation and extenuation.
Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein appears to offer some extenuation when she reminds us in the report's preamble of the shock and ''pervasive fear'' felt after 9/11.
It too founders in a grim reproduction of much the same old alienation and exploitation, with the disturbing extenuation and proliferation of willingly exploited masses.