matter in mitigation

Definition of "matter in mitigation"
  1. A circumstance presented to decrease the severity of a court-issued punishment or to justify reducing that sentence
How to use "matter in mitigation" in a sentence
  1. The lawyer brought up the defendant's previously clean record as a matter in mitigation.
  2. The judge considered the lack of malicious intent as a matter in mitigation in her sentencing.
  3. Understanding the property crime was driven by poverty, the court viewed this as a matter in mitigation.

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