lesser evils defense

Definition of "lesser evils defense"
  1. A defense strategy that argues a person had to choose a less harmful action to prevent a more serious harm
How to use "lesser evils defense" in a sentence
  1. The defendant argued a lesser evils defense, saying breaking the vehicle window was necessary to save a child locked inside during high temperatures.
  2. Under a lesser evils defense, they had to trespass in order to put out a fire that threatened the entire neighborhood.
  3. The lawyer presented a lesser evils defense, stating his client had to ignore the traffic signal to avoid hitting a pedestrian.

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