crime passionnel


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crime passionnel

a crime committed from passion; in some systems it may amount to some form of mitigation.
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(11) "L'Assassin" represents the reductio ad absurdum of honor killing and the acquittal in cases of crime passionnel. Surely we are meant to be critical of Lougere's acquittal: the innocent victim's only offense was to tell Lougere the truth about the misconduct of his spouse.
(8) The concept of the crime passionnel was described by Plato in his posthumously published Laws, written in the years prior to his death in 347 BC: "[...] a deed is done from passion either when men suddenly, and without intention to kill, cause the death of another by blows and the like on a momentary impulse, and are sorry for the deed immediately afterwards; or again, when after having been insulted in deed or word, men pursue revenge, and kill a person intentionally, and are not sorry for the act" (PLATO, 1952, p.749).
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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