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When a Vietnamese-born woman living in Georgia shot her husband and stepdaughter, she offered two excuses for her crime. First, her husband and his children had been verbally abusive and threatening, although they hadn’t actually beaten her. Second, he had threatened to divorce her, which in Vietnamese culture would be so damaging to the woman that it represented to her the proverbial fate worse than death. At trial, the court ordered the jury not to consider the woman a victim of battered person’s syndrome and barred her from offering cultural differences as a defense. But the Georgia Supreme Court disagreed on both counts. So what about cuckolded husbands attacking or maiming their wives? Is it okay to steal so that your children believe that Santa came? We wonder how the Georgia court feels about Twinkies as a defense?

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