Extenuating Circumstances, in law, facts that may be presented to a court to lighten the penalty placed on a person convicted of a crime. The previous good character of the convicted person is often presented as grounds for leniency. Other extenuating circumstances are youthfulness; mental deficiency or disease affecting a person's ability to know right and wrong; and unfavorable home and community environment.
In murder-mystery TV shows, detectives look for clues to find the killer. Part of that involves getting into the murderer's mind-set. What factors make it easier for one person to take the life of another?
Even if you've heard the term, you may not know how important habeas corpus is to the U.S. Constitution. How can an ancient Latin phrase for "you have the body" be so relevant today?