mitigating circumstances


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mitigating circumstances

pl n
(Law) circumstances that may be considered to lessen the culpability of an offender

mitigating circumstances

Factors that may be considered as lessening the extent to which an accused person is culpable.
Translations

mitigating circumstances

[ˈmɪtɪˌgeɪtɪŋˈsɜːkəmstənsɪz] nplcircostanze fpl attenuanti
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Thanks to these mitigating circumstances, and to Julian's inexhaustible good-humor, the aunt and the nephe w generally met on friendly terms.
The American, Abe Slaney, was condemned to death at the winter assizes at Norwich, but his penalty was changed to penal servitude in consideration of mitigating circumstances, and the certainty that Hilton Cubitt had fired the first shot.
In sentencing her however, the court said it took into account mitigating circumstances.
While I was honest about what occurred and agreed the action did happen, I put forward a number of mitigating circumstances.
Mr Sangha believes that he has mitigating circumstances following family bereavement," she wrote.
This sanction takes into account the fact that Benjamin Tameifuna argued mitigating circumstances, such as his poor command of the French language which prevented him from understanding the demands of the police and led him to panic in front of them,' Racing said in a statement.
In the alternative, if the CA will affirm his conviction for homicide, Pemberton, through his legal counsel Rowena Garcia-Flores, urged the appeals court to consider the privileged and ordinary mitigating circumstances in imposing the penalty.
We the jury unanimously find that the aggravating factors that were proven beyond a reasonable doubt (Section A) outweigh the mitigating circumstances established (Section C above) as to Count .
But solicitor Sonia Kidd said there were mitigating circumstances.
Currently drivers face running the risk of a PS100 fine - as well as three penalty points - for jumping a red light if there are no special mitigating circumstances.
Mitigating circumstances for the sentence were that the owner admitted his guilt in dousing malnourished animals with petrol and setting them alight.