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Choice of Evils Defense is a defense to a criminal charge based on the
assertion that the criminal act was committed to avoid the commission
of an even greater evil. According to this defense a defendant should be
exculpated even if s/he has caused the harm or evil which will
ordinarily constitute a criminal offense if the defendant has not caused
a net harm or evil because of justifying circumstances. Not all
jurisdictions recognize this defense. In jurisdictions that recognize
the choice of evils defense, it encompasses both of the older defenses
of duress and necessity.
Choice of Evils Defense is also known as lesser-evils defense or general-justification defense.
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Aug 9th, 2015
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