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.
The HLC also said that under Serbia's criminal code, a court can only impose a sentence below the statutory minimum if it finds that there are particular mitigating circumstances which indicate that the purpose of punishment can be achieved with a reduced sentence.
The 47-year-old said: "I wish I hadn't responded but I also feel there were a lot of mitigating circumstances. I accept my punishment."
Parking Eye, which manages 17 hospital car parks, said: "Motorists have the ability to appeal and highlight their mitigating circumstances."
A ParkingEye spokesperson said: "ParkingEye are a member of the British Parking Association and operate a BPA audited appeals service and anyone who believes they have mitigating circumstances are encouraged to appeal.
He pleaded for the reduction of penalty by considering the mitigating circumstances such as first offense, length of service and the awards and commendations he has received.
In addition, the high court said Dumayas 'inappropriately appreciated' the mitigating circumstances of self-defense and voluntary surrender when other physical evidence and footage of the incident showed that the accused should have been convicted of murder.
In Walczak, the SJC held that in all cases in which the state seeks to indict a juvenile for murder, and there is substantial evidence of mitigating circumstances or defenses presented to the grand jury, the grand jury must be instructed on the elements of murder and the significance of mitigating circumstances and defenses.
The mitigating circumstances: evidence that supports Hauad's claim that he was tortured while being interrogated by Chicago Police detectives following his arrest for the gang-related shooting deaths in 1997.
In sentencing her however, the court said it took into account mitigating circumstances. "Jang admitted to her charges and showed remorse throughout the hearings.
While I was honest about what occurred and agreed the action did happen, I put forward a number of mitigating circumstances. I have now been told that as the allegation was proven, I must receive a disciplinary outcome, which in my case will be a formal warning.