"Self-defense is not murder..."

Philippines
January 19, 2007 2:19am CST
i've watched this movie.. err.. i forgot the title.. but jennifer lopez was the leading actress.. she's a battered wife.. together with her daughter, she tried to run from her bad husband; however, her husband kept on chasing her.. "i always get what i want.." .. because she was desperate, she started learning how to defend herself.. in time, she came face to face with her husband and tried to provoke him into fighting her. in the end, her husband was knocked off.. actually killed.. she and her daughter were now safe from the bad guy's abuses.. ok ok enough of the story.. so uh.. if you really need to protect or defend yourself, is it a crime to kill...? maybe not intentionally but here's the case.. what if some jerk tried to kill you but when you fought him, you accidentally killed him.. so?? can we still call that self-defense? or murder??? i'm just asking because.. well.. just in case..
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@judyt00 (3504)
• Canada
19 Jan 07
Killing in self defence is called justifiable homicide. however, because a jury is never really made up of a your peers (There are probably more abusive men that abused women on a jury) a woman charged is generally sent to prison for manslaughter and does about 10 years
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@judyt00 (3504)
• Canada
19 Jan 07
sorry, the first one said it didn'tgo through!
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@mrstigs (63)
• United States
20 Jan 07
The name of the movie was "Enough". I think the bigger question is could you live with killing someone. It's rare that an abusive person is as clever as the character in the movie. With not very much work it would be quite possible to prove they were being abusive and something could be done to stop them.
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@judyt00 (3504)
• Canada
19 Jan 07
self defence is called justifiable homicide, and theperson who commits it generally gets off with either time served, or probation. sadly, b ecause a ury is neverreally made up af your peers, most women who finally strike back and kill abusive husbands wind up in jail for upwards of ten years
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• Canada
27 Jan 07
Murder is murder no matter how you look at it . That person still has someone out there that loves them even if you don't . I understand that sometimes there is no other choice as in the book "Life with Billy ". I can remember feeling so bad for what this woman and her son had to endure and felt that she should never have been charged for his murder . But the law does not look at it this way .
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@sweetcakes (3505)
• United States
21 Jan 07
murder is murder if you ask my opinion....taking someones life is never a positive situation.
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@arunr175 (1679)
• India
6 Jul 12
The film you are talking about is Enough. I think in a situation where you kill someone in self defence it should be treated as a crime, but it should be proved to be claimed innocent ...