What Is the Flannel Doctrine of Imperfect Self-Defense?

When a defendant uses deadly force in self-defense, but really did not need to do so under the circumstances because the belief of being in imminent peril or of the need to use deadly force was unreasonable, an imperfect self-defense, or Flannel doctrine issue arises. If a jury believes the person was operating under such a belief or need (and is not just fabricating this for defense of a criminal case for murder), the jury may convict the person on voluntary manslaughter instead of murder, reducing the sentence that a judge may impose. To read more about the Flannel doctrine, please click on the following link.


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