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Diminished Capacity


American Law Institute. Model Penal Code. Philadelphia: American Law Institute, 1962.

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DRESSLER, JOSHUA. "Reaffirming the Moral Legitimacy of the Doctrine of Diminished Capacity: A Brief Reply to Professor Morse." Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology 75 (1984): 953–962.

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HORDER, JEREMY. Provocation and Responsibility. Oxford, U.K.: Clarendon Press, 1992.

MACKAY, R. D. Mental Condition Defenses in the Criminal Law. Oxford, U.K.: Clarendon Press, 1995.

MORSE, STEPHEN J. "Diminished Capacity: A Moral and Legal Conundrum." International Journal of Law and Psychiatry 2 (1979): 271–298.

——. "Undiminished Confusion in Diminished Capacity." The Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology 75 (1984): 1–55.

——. "Diminished Capacity." In Action and Value in Criminal Law. Edited by Stephen Shute, John Gardner, and Jeremy Horder. Oxford, U.K.: Clarendon Press, 1993. Pages 239–278.

——. "Excusing and the New Excuse Defenses: A Legal and Conceptual Review." In Crime and Justice: A Review of Research, Volume 23. Edited by Michael Tonry. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998. Pages 329–406.

SMITH, JOHN C. Smith & Hogan: Criminal Law, 9th ed. London: Butterworths, 1999.

YEO, STANLEY M. H., ed. Partial Excuses to Murder. Sydney, Australia: The Federation Press, 1990.

WALKER, NIGEL. Crime and Insanity in England: One: The Historical Perspective. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1968.

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