choice of evils defense

Definition of "choice of evils defense"
  1. It's a response to criminal charges that the accused engaged in the criminal action to prevent a more significant evil
How to use "choice of evils defense" in a sentence
  1. The man used the choice of evils defense, arguing that he stole the food to save his starving family.
  2. The attorney suggested using the choice of evils defense because her client had only broken into the building to stop a fire spreading.
  3. The defense lawyer put forth a choice of evils defense, highlighting that her client had trespassed on private property to rescue an injured animal.

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