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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In this case, the privileged mitigating circumstance, based on the motion for reconsideration is the incomplete self-defense and the ordinary circumstances are Pemberton's voluntary surrender and no intention to commit so grave a wrong.
As explained before these proceedings, the defendant need only establish a mitigating circumstance by the greater weight of the evidence, which means evidence that more likely than not tends to establish the existence of a mitigating circumstance.
The court dismissed the mental health issue as a non-statutory mitigating circumstance because Poyson's personality disorders were not causally related to the murders.
Seeking life sentence for convicts, all defence counsels submitted a list of common mitigating circumstances including poverty, young age, no criminal antecedents.
2) The shortest sentence imposed by the Court to date, the judgment proffers an interesting insight into the Tribunal's sentencing considerations, specifically the role of mitigating circumstances.
According to a recent decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, courts must consider appeals of decisions made under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) without regard to the mitigating circumstances that individuals use to control a medical condition.
The terms aggravating factor and mitigating circumstance will be explained to you.
begin strikethrough]A mitigating circumstance is not limited to the facts surrounding the crime.
The Supreme Court also cited the extensive negative media coverage during the case, which it said, should also count as a mitigating circumstance.
The committee appreciated Afridi for recognising his indiscretion and treated the same as a mitigating circumstance.
Such act, the court said, fell under the mitigating circumstance of passion and obfuscation as stated under Article 13 (6) of the Revised Penal Code.
They argued that, in the past, athletes were provided with "insufficient training and instruction" regarding their responsibilities in relation to drug tests and this was a mitigating circumstance.
The court sentenced him to four months and oneday imprisonment, mainly due to the mitigating circumstance of him pleading guilty to the charge against him.
A mitigating circumstance is a standard that, in fairness or in the totality of a defendant's life or character, may be considered as extenuation or reducing the degree of criminal responsibility for the crime(s) committed.
If you are reasonably convinced a mitigating circumstance exists, please mark it with an "X" and indicate the number of jurors who agree.