Syndrome-based Defenses

This assessment will require you to research syndrome-based offenses. Please be sure to validate your opinions and ideas with at least three (3) credible resources, which may include the class textbook as well as journal articles or periodicals from the Internet or from the KU Library. 

Comprise a minimum 2-page essay, and please be sure to validate your opinions and ideas with citations and references in APA format. For this assessment, the content should address the following questions presented:

  • Choose one syndrome (i.e. battered woman syndrome, ADD, adopted child syndrome, etc.) and provide a short summary concerning the same. Additionally, please be sure to address the following questions:
    • Why does the syndrome, which you chose, lower the degree of an offense by negating the required criminal mental state?
    • Should this syndrome negate men’s rea altogether? 
  • In your opinion, are syndrome-based defenses fair and just?

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