Module XI: Cultural Defenses and Cultural Evidence
Key Points: Cultural Defense
CULTURAL DEFENSES AND CULTURAL EVIDENCE: KEY POINTS
- Cultural defenses have been misused to excuse all types of violence against women.
- Cultural defenses may be appropriate in limited circumstances.
- Cultural evidence can explain both the defendant's behavior and the oppressive contexts in which the victim was acting.
- When allowing an expert witness, a thorough voir dire is key to determining the biases and perspectives the expert witness has on the culture.
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