State V Norman Case Study

837 Words4 Pages
One of the best rights granted to the individuals in America is the privilege to be viewed as honest until demonstrated blameworthy in the court of law. It is the job of the prosecutor to demonstrate to the on lookers, to the jury, and to the court that the blamed is liable for a wrongdoing. In the event that the prosecutor has a substantial case, the blamed, either on his or her own or joined by an experienced lawyer, can display different defenses to contend why they acted in the manner in which they did. Schmalleger (2010, p. 114) states, “A defense consists of evidence and arguments offered by a defendant and his or her attorney(s) to show why that person should not be held liable for a criminal charge”. In the framework of the Criminal…show more content…
How far is an individual willing to go to ensure their possessions? Often circumstances may cause a situation to get out of control or out of hand, and the individuals involved must make decisions that could change their lives and the lives of everyone around them. A few people will go beyond the use of a sensible defense and resort to the intent to kill as in the case of the State v. Norman. In the case of the State v. Norman 324 N.C. 253, 378 S.E.2d 8 (1989), Mrs. Judy-Ann Norman, the Defendant, was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter for the murder of her husband Mr. J. T. Norman. Mr. Norman and the Defendant had been married for a quarter of a century and it was alleged that Mr. Norman had been beating the Defendant since approximately five years after they were married. Mr. Norman was said to have often made the Defendant prostitute her body in order to financially support the family as well as other degrading things like sleeping on the floor. On June 12, 1985, Mrs. Norman, the Defendant shot her husband three times in the head while he was sleeping. The Defendant claimed that she was suffering from “battered wife syndrome” and that the shooting was in self-defense. The Supreme Court found that it was not necessary for the Defendant to kill her husband due to the following…show more content…
Dudley and Stephens 14 Q.B.D. 273 (1884), the necessity defense was used. This was a very interesting case. In this case three sailors by the names Thomas Dudley, Edward Stephens, and a man named Brooks were all aboard an English ship in 1884 when their ship sank. They escaped safely to a raft with another individual named Richard Parker who was only 17 years of age. Food and water aboard the raft were scarce and after 12 days of being adrift, they found themselves completely out of food and water. Eight days subsequent to running out of food and water, Thomas Dudley and Edward Stephens chose to kill Richard Parker, who was the weakest at this time and may have possibly been in a coma, in order to drink his blood and eat his flesh. Brooks did not partake in the killing and devouring of Richard and after 4 days the men were rescued by a passing ship. Thomas and Edward were each charged with Richard 's murder. At trial, they pleaded the defense of necessity, saying that it had been necessary to slaughter Richard so that they could have a chance at surviving since there were no was no food or water left on the

More about State V Norman Case Study

Open Document