crime passionnel


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crime passionnel

(French krim pɑsjɔnɛl)
n, pl crimes passionnels
(Law) a crime committed from passion, esp sexual passion. Also called: crime of passion
[from French]
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Based on a study of 251 cases of domestic violence during this period, Eliza Ferguson argues that the high rate of acquittals was due not to jury incompetence but rather to jurors' determination that punishment was unwarranted in cases of crime passionnel (296).
Clytemnestra's defence was that of mitigating circumstances, with the argument that her act had been a crime passionnel (8), in which she was seeking retribution for the sacrifice of her daughter.
In France, the law accepts revenge exists with crime passionnel (a crime of passion) considered a valid defence in a murder case.
In some countries, notably France, crime passionnel (or crime of passion) is a valid defence in murder cases.
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