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Criminal Law Keyed to Kennedy
State of North Carolina v. Judy Ann Laws Norman
Citation:324 N.C. 253 (1989)
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The defendant shot her husband three times in the back of the head as he lay sleeping in his bed. Her husband was abusive and a psychologist testified that the defendant “believed herself to be doomed . . . to a life of the worst kind of torture and abuse, degradation that she had experienced over the years in a progressive way; that it would only get worse, and that death was inevitable.” She was convicted of involuntary manslaughter.
The Court of Appeals granted her a new trial and held that the defendant was entitled to have the jury consider whether the homicide was an act self-defense and, thus, not a legal wrong. The government appealed.
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