Law: Cultural Defense: Overview
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The cultural defense is a legal strategy used sometimes in criminal cases in United States courts to excuse, justify, or mitigate criminal conduct. It is the admission of cultural evidence to explain the behavior of the defendant. Most often the accused is an immigrant, and in such cases the defense lawyer argues that judges and juries must consider such factors as “culture” when assessing the evidence against th…

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Moore, Kathleen M., “Law: Cultural Defense: Overview”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 19 October 2018 <>
First published online: 2009

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