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Passion's Progress: Modern Law Reform And The Provocation Defense, Victoria Nourse Jan 1997

Passion's Progress: Modern Law Reform And The Provocation Defense, Victoria Nourse

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Based on a systematic study of fifteen years of passion murder cases, this article concludes that reform challenges our conventional ideas of a "crime of passion" and, in the process, leads to a murder law that is both illiberal and often perverse. If life tells us that crimes of passion are the stuff of sordid affairs and bedside confrontations, reform tells us that the law's passion may be something quite different. A significant number of the reform cases the author has studied involve no sexual infidelity whatsoever, but only the desire of the killer's victim to leave a miserable relationship. …