I pull back the curtain on the concepts of Duress and Necessity. In Duress, the law recognizes that there are times are free will may be so compromised by threat of bodily harm or death that we should not be held criminally liable for crimes we commit while under the influence of these threats. Further and even a more radical notion, Necessity shows that there are times when the system allows our individual judgement to supersede the law when the harm we create is less than the harm we are trying to prevent under exceptional circumstances. Obviously very specific circumstances must be met to benefit from these concepts, but its important to note the fact that our criminal justice system does take context and circumstances surrounding our crimes into account when deciding not only punishment, but guilt itself.
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