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By Princeton University
By DataStellar Co., Ltd
Activities leading up to an offense that change the perception of why the offense occurred, not necessarily justifying the offense. Family or personal situations are circumstances that may help in obtaining a reduced sentence than is typical for similar offenses. This information may be considered by the courts. It may lead to reducing the accused's degree of culpability or liability. Also refer to aggravating circumstance.
By Henry Campbell Black
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- Inability to speak proper sentences. Ability to utter words, but not sentences. Inability to make sentences, though knowing and speaking words. [Gr.]