In the case of a Southeast Asian immigrant charged with killing six white hunters in Wisconsin, experts say attorneys could look to a possible "cultural defense," the assertion that a person's background influences his actions. One of the lawyers representing the Hmong defendant says he is not ruling out such a defense. But the strategy could pose pitfalls. Alison Dundes Renteln, author of a book on the subject, says U.S. courts historically have "been extremely reluctant to admit cultural evidence."
'Cultural Defense' Likely for Accused Killer of Wisconsin Hunters?
The National Law Journal
December 10, 2004