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Criminal Practice –  Voluntary Manslaughter – Jury Instructions – Self-Defense – Not Guilty Instruction (access required)

  The trial court found sufficient evidence to support a jury instruction on self-defense; however, an erroneous instruction informed the jury that they could find defendant guilty of voluntary manslaughter even if he acted in self-defense. Furthermore, the instructions did not include a not-guilty mandate to the charge of voluntary manslaughter. Both of these instructional errors ...

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