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The Georgia Supreme Court heard arguments this week in the appeal of a woman convicted of murdering her husband and stepdaughter. Her appeal focuses on two defenses she was not allowed to offer at trial — battered person syndrome and a cultural mindset defense. But if her claims of emotional and verbal abuse — fussin’ and cussin’ — meet the test for battered person syndrome, will anyone who kills their spouse ever be convicted again? As for the woman’s other argument — that the prospect of a divorce from her abusive husband left her in shock and fear of becoming a pariah in the Vietnamese community — well, it’s hard to imagine that community members are snuggling up to her now.

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