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Friday, November 22, 2002
 
1:11 PM

Women's advocates back pre-emption strategy... In this p. A3 story:


A few states have enacted laws over the past decade to make it easier for defendants to pursue a strategy of self-defense using battered-woman syndrome, including evidence of prior beatings. Since 1992, California has required that evidence of abuse be permitted in murder trials. But the new law is the first in the nation to allow inmates convicted in trials before the new requirements to demand another hearing....

"Most people can understand self-defense if I'm attacking you, but they don't understand how someone who after years of terror, shoots them in the back or poisons them, is acting in self-defense," said Kenneth Theisen, a lawyer with the California Coalition for Battered Women in Prison.



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