Durham rule

Definition of "Durham rule"
  1. A principle applied in criminal law in certain states where a defendant is exonerated on grounds of insanity if the defendant's unlawful conduct is a direct result of a mental illness or flaw
How to use "Durham rule" in a sentence
  1. Under the Durham rule, if the theft was a result of the defendant's schizophrenia, then the defendant may not be held accountable for the crime.
  2. The court acquitted the defendant as under the Durham rule, his actions were found to be instigated by a severe mental disorder.
  3. The attorney argued that her client's behavior was instigated by his mental defect, thus applying the Durham rule could lead to a verdict of not guilty.

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