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What are the common and modern law views on murder as a result of duress?

- CL: doesn't excuse intentional killings
- MPC/modern: if a reasonable person would've killed someone else to avoid his own death, duress can mitigate murder to voluntary manslaughter


What are the common law elements of duress?

• Immediate
• threat of death/GBI
• against defendant or others
• creating fear that would make an ordinary person


What are the two things that are not allowed for common-law duress?

- defendant cannot have put himself in this situation
- D can't kill another


What are the MPC elements of duress?

• threat of unlawful force
• against defendant or any person
• that would make a person of reasonable firmness in D's situation yield


What are the did your rules for MPC duress ?

- defendant can't have recklessly put himself in the situation
- Duress can apply to any crime, even homicide
- D must take any reasonable opportunity to escape
- must terminate his conduct as soon as the duress is over
- no defense for carrying out superior's orders


What are two ways that expert testimony can be used for battered woman syndrome to help with a defense of the duress?

- to show defendant had honest belief that she was being immediately threatened
- to show the defendant wasn't reckless just because she stayed in the abusive relationship


Was the old common-law about coercion of wife by husband?

A married woman wasn't liable for her crimes if she acted under the coercion of her husband (not true today)


If You commit a crime by coercion, but you're not excused under duress, what can you ask for?

Your punishment to be lower than it would've been if there were no coercion


If you are Coerced into killing someone, how you can ask for mitigation?

Say that the fear of the threat made it impossible to premeditate and deliberate, so you could only be guilty of second-degree murder


What are The big differences between common-law duress and MPC duress?

- MPC allows duress even for murder, has no immediate harm requirement, and gives the jury more power


Basically what is the MPC duress question?

Would a person of reasonable for firmness in the defendant's situation have been unable to resist the threat? If so, you are excused


How is the battered woman syndrome related to duress?

When the man continually breaks down the personality of the woman, and renders her submissive to whatever suggestions he makes


When is the defense of duress not available?

When the actor negligently or recklessly puts himself in a situation that it is probable he will be subject to duress


What is imperfect duress?

When duress mitigates a homicide to voluntary manslaughter because the defendant killed under extreme emotional duress


Consent is only a defense when what?

It negates an element of the offense or stops infliction of the harm that the law is meant to prevent


Why can't a victim condone or ratify a crime after it is happened?

Is a criminal offense is a wrong affecting the general public, so an individual directly hunt cannot give license to it


What Is the only way to have consent?

If it is voluntary and given by a fully informed person with legal capacity or authority to consent


If consent is gotten by trick, threats, from a minor, is it effective?



What are the crimes that consent can be a defense to?

Rape, theft, burglary, kidnapping, battery


If a crime is defined by the victim's lack of consent, then if the victim gives consent, what does that do?

Bars conviction


If You are legally incompetent, can you consent to anything?



What Is the only situation where a battery can be consented to?

If The harm isn't serious


What are situations where consent is ineffective?

If the victim is a youth, insane, intoxicated, or forced by duress or deception


How can engaging in activity that you know poses a degree of risk/harm be consent?

Athletic events, scientific experiments, etc.


If you engage in an activity that you know poses a degree of risk of harm, what have you consented to?

The reasonable and foreseeable hazards of participation


If you engage in a sports activity that you know poses some degree of risk of harm, what have you consented to?

Harm that is within the rules of the game and minor deviations from the rules, but not unprovoked super violent attacks


Can Victim consent to being maimed, killed, or seriously injured?



What is conditional consent?

Consent that is limited to the condition


Example of conditional consent?

WWF where you consent to fake wrestling, not real wrestling


What is the mnemonic to help remember the crimes that can be consented to?



What does BRB TK stand for?

Burglary, rape, battery, theft, kidnapping