First Degree Murder Case Study

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If I were a juror in this case, I would find Janice Leidholm guilty of first degree murder. In order to meet the criteria of first degree murder, premeditation and deliberation must be needed. Although she was abused by her husband, it is not considered as self-defense because he was sleeping when she killed him.

However, is she actually deserves to be found guilty of first degree murder? She did kill her husband so she has to be punished. That makes sense. At the same time, I think she could have a mitigating factor because she had battered women syndrome. What she had done was wrong, but, as she says, I can see that she could not deal with her husband anymore.

It is difficult for me to decide whether she goes to a mental facility or prison.
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