Are victims of coersion and threat legally responsible for commiting crimes under duress?
March 21, 2011 3:51 PM Subscribe
Legal hypothesis (from a recent episode of Flashpoint): What are you responsible for in the eyes of the court (US) if you commit a crime (let's say robbery) under duress (threat of death)? Does that change if you commit murder? Does that change if its not you being threatened, but your kidnapped daughter?
posted by unrequited to law & government (12 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I see these situations come up all the time, but in almost every show and movie, they never resolve the consequences of the person being used to commit the crime by proxy of the real criminal. I know it's fiction, but I'm sure it's come up before, and I'm wondering if these poor victims are responsible in any way. To understand the whole range, let's say the most minimal situation is the victim being threatened with death (remote control collar bomb) and being forced to rob a bank. Let's say the most legally questionable is having the victim's daughter kidnapped and threatened with death, and the victim is forced to carry out a murder themselves.