mitigating circumstance

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(law) a circumstance that does not exonerate a person but which reduces the penalty associated with the offense

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These act elements can be classified as conduct, result, or attendant circumstance.
2 for further explanation of the culpability required towards this attendant circumstance under the Lacey Act; see also United States v.
221) Attendant circumstances are the conditions that must be present with the prohibited conduct or result to constitute the crime.
For an investment accounted for using the equity method, inquire of management as to whether the entity has the ability to exercise significant influence over the operating and financial policies of the investee and evaluate the attendant circumstances that serve as a basis for management's conclusions.
It stated that the appropriate standard for determining if adequate notice is given is one of reasonableness in view of all attendant circumstances.
In considering whether a suspect gives a confession freely and voluntarily, courts examine all the attendant circumstances on a case-by-case basis.
A spokesman said: "It is at the discretion of individual chief constables as to how such matters are dealt with, having considered all the attendant circumstances.
The determination of whether the hospital subjected the employee to a hostile work environment necessarily entailed a fact-specific assessment of all of the attendant circumstances.