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Commonwealth v. LeClair
Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts
445 Mass. 734 (2006)
Paul LeClair (defendant) and his wife were engaged in a heated domestic dispute. The wife's brother forcefully intervened, briefly pinning LeClair to the ground. When the brother-in-law released LeClair, LeClair grabbed a knife and fatally stabbed his wife. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts (plaintiff) prosecuted LeClair for murder. At trial, LeClair argued that the brother-in-law's forceful intervention so provoked LeClair that he should be convicted only of voluntary manslaughter, not murder. The judge refused LeClair's request for a jury instruction on voluntary manslaughter. The jury convicted LeClair of murder, and he appealed to the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Greaney, J.)
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