PreemPreemptive murder? Prof makes bizarre plea to place battered women above the law


Goober
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Preemptive murder- or self protection?
Barbara Kay: Prof makes bizarre plea to place battered women above the law | National Post
When ideology takes up the brain space normally reserved for reason and the golden principle of equality under the law, the very best minds can go AWOL.

That seems to be the case with University of Ottawa law professor Elizabeth Sheehy, whose new book, Defending battered Women on Trial, will be released Dec 15. Professor Sheehy’s thesis is that women who experience extreme chronic abuse from their male partners should have the right to kill them pre-emptively — in their sleep, say, or when they least expect it — without fear of being charged with murder. Murder involves a mandatory minimum — 25 years for first degree murder and 10 for second-degree — and this, according to Sheehy, constitutes a “huge, huge barrier” to such women.

Sheehy’s solution is a “statutory escape hatch” that would preclude mandatory minimum sentences. In fact, Sheehy would prefer battered women be charged with manslaughter, in which case they could argue self-defence “without bearing the onerous consequence of failure.” “Why,” she asks, “should women live in anticipatory dread and hypervigilance?” She likens such women to prisoners of war, and their lives with their abusers as a similar form of captivity. Just as it is the duty of prisoners of war to kill their captors in order to escape, she claims our attitude should be, “you were right to kill to save your own life.”
 
Cliffy
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Wouldn't lopping off his pecker suffice?
 
Goober
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Quote: Originally Posted by CliffyView Post

Wouldn't lopping off his pecker suffice?

Preemptive murder. With this scenario it could be expanded upon.
 
taxslave
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Shouldn't it work both ways to be fair?
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslaveView Post

Shouldn't it work both ways to be fair?

Noooooo there are no abused men. None, zero, nada, zip zant doodley squat.
 

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