justifiable homicide

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justifiable homicide

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(Law) lawful killing, as in self-defence or to prevent a crime
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It did not eradicate the distinction between justifiable and excusable homicide, (44) which remained in the treatises on criminal law well into the nineteenth century.
The explanations of justifiable homicide and excusable homicide are in Instruction 7.
The gross injustice of all this meant that Parliament in 1532 created a category of excusable homicide that included these cases where you were suddenly attacked and killed your attacker.
However, the defendant cannot be guilty of manslaughter if the killing was either justifiable or excusable homicide as I have previously explained those terms.
Yochelson wrote that the doctrine of excusable homicide blocks a successful prosecution.
On the other hand, we do not declare this matter to be one of justifiable or excusable homicide.
Lawful homicide includes justifiable and excusable homicides.