Legal Question in Criminal Law in Oregon

In the U.S what conviction and defense would most likely be given to a person that had been kidnapped and forced to kill in a fighting ring?

The person had to kill or be killed.

Asked on 7/19/13, 8:04 pm

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Edward Hoffman Law Offices of Edward A. Hoffman
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If it reasonably appeared that the other person in the ring would imminently kill him or cause great bodily injury, then the defendant would have been acting in self-defense and would be entitled to an acquittal. If not, then he would be guilty of murder -- perhaps even in the first degree -- or at least manslaughter.

Self-defense is only allowed against the person who is threatening you. It does not allow you to kill one person in order to avoid a threat from another. There are many crimes the law would excuse under the circumstances you describe, but homicide is not one of them.

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Answered on 7/19/13, 8:15 pm

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