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Criminal Practice – Voluntary Manslaughter – Racial Animus – PPPA  (access required)

Because the state had the burden to prove defendant’s actions were not in self-defense but rather constituted an unjustified effort to harm the victim (or that defendant’s actions involved a degree of force exceeding that necessitated by the situation), establishing a racial motive was significant for the state in meeting its burden. On a 911 ...

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