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Criminal Law Keyed to Lee
People v. Aphaylath
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Aphaylath was charged with intentionally murdering his wife and attempted to assert an affirmative defense of extreme emotional distress stemming from his ongoing status as a Laotian refugee and his wife’s ongoing infatuation with her ex boyfriend. Aphaylath claimed the accumulation of stress caused the emotional disturbance, which led to a loss of self control at the time of the killing. Aphaylath argued that his Laotian culture, which believes it brings great shame upon Aphaylath and his family if a women expressed feelings for another man, also led to the loss of self control. An expert witness testifying on behalf of Aphaylath explained the negative psychological effects on Laotian refugees attempting to assimilate to American culture and the trial court excluded the testimony, because it was not tailored specifically to Aphaylath.
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