Instructor sounds very knowledgeable in the mitigation area. It might have been even more helpful to go into some specific instances of how psychological factors impact behavior in ways that mitigate, rather than appear as rationalizations, for criminal behavior. For example, childhood abuse may be more likely to result in committing abusive behavior, but not in all cases. When does abuse tend to override a person's sense of morality, and when is abuse more likely to be perceived as extraneous to a defendant's culpability? Also, how does injury to a victim impact the presentation of mitigation?
- Howard D