heat of passion


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heat of passion

In forensic medicine, a state of mind that might influence one's propensity to commit violent or aggressive acts.
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She responded that women and children were not raped and then brutally killed, some mutilated, in the heat of passion.
An issue in this case is whether (defendant) did not act with a premeditated design to kill because [he] [she] acted in the heat of passion based on adequate provocation.
71) I do not argue that every domestic homicide is an honor crime or that every invocation of the heat of passion defense implicates honor.
Journalists don't take shorthand notes in the heat of passion, not unless they're about to make their excuses and leave anyway, and I'm pretty sure teachers don't award gold stars for effort even if it's tempting.
So it was not that surprising when the 42-year-old lover of a rich French financier claimed she gunned him down in the heat of passion - and nothing to do with him freezing her pounds 600,000 bank account.
Some are premeditated, some accidental, some in the heat of passion, others out of greed.
The partial defense of provocation provides that a person who kills in the heat of passion brought on by legally adequate provocation is guilty of manslaughter rather than murder.
Section 232 remains more or less the same to this day: "Culpable homicide that otherwise would be murder may be reduced to manslaughter if the person who committed it did so in the heat of passion caused by sudden provocation.
Even in the heat of passion, some people just can't get enough of their digital devices, the survey found.
According to a file that was shown to him after Manson was convicted, there had been a tentative plan for a woman to seduce Tom after one of his concerts and then slit his throat when they were in the heat of passion.
The parents of those who died in April protest actions on Ala-Too square in Bishkek said they entered the office of Ata Jurt party in the heat of passion after party leader Sadyr Japarov made "humiliating statements of provocative nature".
A JEALOUS lover who murdered a mum because she called out the wrong name in the heat of passion has been jailed for life.