Say there is a history of repeated abuse in Janice's and Chester's marital relationship. As a result, Janice's fear of Chester is influenced by her knowledge of his character and repeated willingness to resort to violence. Whether you believe that Janice's stabbing of Chester was justified by a principle of self-defence may depend on what you believe she honestly and reasonably believed at the time. This case can be considered as justifiable as Janice's defence was that she lived in constant fear of her abusive husband who also had a problem with alcohol which is consumed a lot would mean more violence in their relationship.
On the other hand, Janice too had this problem with alcohol and did also inflict violence on her husband. Would there be a different verdict if it was Mr Stubin who killed his wife. Again no murder is justifiable unless one understands what another went through to led to a murder. The final case I will look at is the case of Wendolyn Markcrow, 67, of Long Crendon, Buckinghamshire. She pleaded guilty to manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility after the death in March of her third son, Patrick, 36, who was autistic and also had behavioural difficulties.
9 She killed her son, who also had Down syndrome after caring for him for over 30 years in their family home. Police were called to the house where Markcrow lived with her husband, Paul, 70, in the village of Long Crendon on March 29, where they found Patrick's body. Police later confirmed that he had died of plastic bag suffocation while intoxicated on the drug zopiclone. 10 Markcrow used to work as a school dinner lady but gave up the job more than 10 years ago to give her son full-time care.
She received respite care from the local council and carers described Patrick as "a loving, private man", who enjoyed swimming and a coffee in the local community. 11 The outcome of this case was that Markcrow was given a suspended sentence as the judge felt that the killing was justifiable due to the conditions the women had to put up with the 18 months prior to her sons death. With this case I feel strongly that this is not a justifiable act of law breaking due to the fact that if there are millions of mothers around the world who can care for children and adults like Patrick, then why does one mother get away with killing her son.
If every mother in this situation had done the same, don't you think that the courts all around the world would get very full? Would every mother doing this be let free? Finally this essay will talk about a potential new law being introduced in Northern Ireland next year. This is the issue of the water charges. From next year every household will have to pay for the use of water. I feel that this law will create a lot of problems for the courts of Northern Ireland as I feel that a lot of people are against these charges and may refuse to pay them.
As a result a lot of people will find themselves in court, most of which will be claiming that their crime is justifiable and that they shouldn't be charged or receive any fines. I feel that this is a law that if broken would be justifiable as no such charges in Northern Ireland have been here before so why should anyone have to start paying them now? All the cases that were discussed in this essay can be seen as justifiable in some ways. It's not the crime that is justifiable, but the things that occurred before the crime happened that make the crimes committed justifiable.
With the case of Eric Rudolph, who bombed an abortion clinic, as part of his defence it could be said that would a mother kill her premature baby who was born at 24 weeks old, the age of an unborn child where an abortion can still occur. Or in the case of Wendolyn Markcrow who killed her son who had Down syndrome and behavioural problems. What if a mother who cared for her son who had alcoholism just couldn't cope no more and killed her son, would she be given such a lenient sentence as Markcrow?
Each case because of the conditions under which the crime happened, are approached differently by the courts as it could be said that the courts felt sorry for the mother of the disabled son or the wife of the abusive husband.
Edwin Kenyon (1986) 'the dilemma of abortion' Faber and Faber limited London 1 http://www. holidays. net/mlk/rosa. htm 2 http://crime. about. com/od/current/a/rudolph. htm 3 The dilemma of abortion. Edwin Kenyon.